P2-B SOLAR FARM TO RISE IN BACOLOD
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran (6th from right), Rep. Greg Gasataya’s daughter France (5th from right) and executive assistant Mark Steven Mayo (3rd from left), with Amatera Renewable Energy Corp. officials, headed by president Mary Grace Helene Buhain, and chief operating officer Barangay Vista Alegre Captain Jose Maria Leandro Norberto De Leon, and TPC Construction Corporation officials at the signing of a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a P20- billion 50-megawatt solar-powered plant in Brgy. Vista Alegre in Bacolod City, at rites at the L’Fisher Hotel on Jan. 18, 2019. (CITY PIO)
A P2-BILLION solar power plant will soon rise in Barangay Vista Alegre Bacolod City, through a partnership between Bacolod-based Amatera Renewable Energy Corporation (AREC) and Korean company TPC Construction Company (TPCC).
The 50-megawatt solar farm will be the first large-scale renewable energy project in Bacolod.
AREC president Mary Grace Helene Buhain and TPCC president Su Bae Ji signed the memorandum of understanding at L’Fisher Hotel on Jan. 18.
The plant will be located at the 70-hectare property of the Lacson family in Barangay Vista Alegre.
Buhain said the Korean company tapped them for the project and the sugarcane land will be converted into a solar-powered farm.
“The vision of Amatera goes beyond business, but the social responsibility to benefit everyone,” Buhain said. She said they will hire locals, adding,” that’s why it will really help Bacolod.”
Hanshel Layaoen, technical consultant for Amatera, said about 100 employees would be hired for the technical and labor aspects, and at least 300 workers more would be needed to complete the project in six to seven months.
Both companies aim to start the commissioning by 2020, which is also the scheduled completion of the Cebu-Negros-Panay 230-kilovolt Backbone Project of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).
The lease contract is renewable for 25 years.
Su Bae Ji said, “This is the beginning of a beautiful partnership between Korea and your beautiful country.”
For his part, Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said, “This is the first large-scale solar energy source in Bacolod and a step towards a greener and more sustainable city.”
“Thank you for initiating this and thank you for making Bacolod live in a time of extraordinary opportunities, policies, technologies, and markets that are gradually aligned to accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy future,” the vice mayor added.
Also attending the ceremony were City Planning and Development Office head Mary Jean Ramos and Vista Alegre Barangay Captain Jose Maria Leandro Norberto de Leon, who is also the chief operating officer of AREC.