440 MW Isabela Solar Farm to boost PH RE portfolio


President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. welcomed the development of a 440-megawatt solar farm in Ilagan City, Isabela, which was approved by the Department of Energy in December of last year. 

The project is expected to support the government’s push for renewable energy. 

“The company will begin construction next year on a 400-hectare land in Ilagan City, Isabela, currently being used for sugarcane and bioethanol production. The solar power facility will start its operation by 2025,” according to the Presidential Communications Office (PCO).

Project implementer San Ignacio Energy Resources Development Corp., (SIERDC), briefed the president on the project.

The project proponents claim that the solar power project has the potential to produce approximately 700 gigawatt-hours annually, equivalent to the electricity consumption of roughly one million households.

“Around 2,200 workers could benefit from the project during various phases of construction and more permanent workers when the facility becomes operational,” PCO added.

SIERDC has joined forces with Total Eren, a French renewable energy company, for the Isabela solar project. The two companies signed a joint agreement last December.

Total Eren operates a 60-megawatt peak solar PV plant in Tarlac. 

In his first State of the Nation Address, Marcos Jr. cited the need of building new power plants in the country, and at the same time, improve the power generation mix between traditional and renewable energy sources.