Solar Philippines of millennial businessman Leandro Leviste is planning to build a massive solar power plant in Nasugbu, Batangas.
Based on the project description the company submitted to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Management Bureau, subsidiary Solar Philippines Biga Corporation is proposing to develop a 2,000 megawatt-peak (MWp) photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant, along with a 6,000 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage system (BESS), which will supply clean and renewable power.
The 2,000-hectare facility would also house a 600MW diesel backup for the PV and BESS to keep on operating should these be incapable to supply the required power.
Solar Philippines Biga Corp. previously secured Solar Energy Service Contract 2017-05-384 from the Department of Energy for the plant’s operation.
The company is expecting the project to generate local employment, as well as contribute to the stability of the country’s power supply while reducing fossil fuel dependence and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Based on Solar Philippines’ proposed timeline, completion of the pre-construction phase is expected this year. Various permits, including an Environmental Compliance Certificate, as well as acquisition of right of way and right to use of land are expected to be secured at this stage
Meanwhile, construction is targeted to start in the fourth quarter of next year with project completion and commercial operations aimed for the fourth quarter of 2024.
Prior to Nasugbu, Solar Philippines has an existing project in Batangas, particularly in Calatagan. Other current projects include one in Concepcion, Tarlac, as well as various rooftop projects. All these have a combined capacity of around 250MW.
Photo from Solar Philippines website.