200MW Solar Plant Eyed in Paoay, Ilocos Norte


Another 200-megawatt (MW) solar project is being planned for the sand dunes in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

The planned solar farm is twice as large as the Currimao 2 solar project in Barangay Paguludan-Salindeg in the neighboring town of Currimao, according to Sta. Clara Power Corporation (SCPC) CEO Francis Sayre. 

Under the proposed development plan, the company will install 490,000 solar panels which can produce at least 550 watts each. 

 “As we are expanding our portfolio, we hope that you will allow us to explore and conduct a feasibility study. Hopefully, it will materialize in the next few months,” mentioned Sayre, adding that a fraction of the Paoay sand dunes which is not part of Ilocos Norte’s tourism masterplan for development could be one of the best locations for the solar project. 

He further disclosed that at least 200 hectares of government-owned property have been deemed suitable for the project based on a meeting with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

SCPC, a subsidiary of the Sta. Clara Group of Companies, is presently involved in varying power divisions like hydropower and solar energy plants in Mindoro, Bohol, and Ifugao.

Another recently launched solar plant in Ilocos Norte is the 68 megawatt-AC (MWac) Garcia 2 owned by Nuevo Solar Energy Corp. (NSEC), a joint venture between MGen Renewable Energy Inc., and Vena Energy.