PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012
2 solar power projects up soon in DavSurby Carina L. Cayon
DAVAO CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) –- Two solar power projects are in the pipe line of Davao del Sur’s investment leads for 2012, expecting to boost the economy and augment the power supply needs of the province.
Provincial director Engr. Edwin Banquerigo of the Department of Trade and Industry reported that two private investors in solar power generation would put up their facilities respectively in the municipalities of Sta. Cruz and Hagonoy, this province.
Banquerigo told the media in today’s Kapihan sa PIA that the PhilNew Energy would pour in about P7-8 billion worth of solar-powered facilities in Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz.
Though the Department of Energy has approved power generation of up to 50 mega watts, the DTI official said the facilities of PhilNew Energy would generate 35 mega watts power from the solar energy.
Banquerigo said that PhilNew Energy solar power is a project of the Ayala group of companies, adding that it would be the biggest solar power project in the country.
The Infinity firm would bring in a solar power project in Hagonoy town, Banquerigo disclosed though he did not give the project’s power generation capacity.
He said that both projects are expected to be constructed this year, and would hopefully be operating in 2014.
The province is also host to the P6 billion Sibulan hydro plant, a run-of-river environment-friendly 42.5 megawatts hydroelectric power plant, developed by Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. at Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz. (PIA-11/Carina L. Cayon)