Five renewable energy (RE) projects have been endorsed by the Department of Energy (DOE) to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to undergo system impact studies (SIS).
Among the RE projects endorsed is PV Sinag Power Inc.’s 103.11-megawatt (MW) Laguna Lake 2 Floating Solar Project in the Laguna De Bay, though the DOE document did not mention the specific location within the lake. Aboitiz Power Corporation owns PV Sinag, the developer of the 74MW Cayanga-Bugallon solar farm in Pangasinan.
With this development, AboitizPower joins Ayala-led ACEN and MERALCO PowerGen Corporation to have planned floating solar projects in the Laguna De Bay. Last year, AboitizPower said that it would focus on floating solar projects in the Magat, Ambuklao, and Binga reservoirs instead of the Laguna Lake.
Other solar projects endorsed for SIS are Samal Solar Renewable Energy Corporation’s 57.57-megawatt alternating current (MWac) solar project in Bataan and PAVI Green Renewable Energy’s 28.6MWac San Vicente Solar Power Project in Camarines Norte. PAVI is owned by the group of business tycoon and former Senate President Manny Villar.
As for wind projects, Cleantech Global Renewables Inc. has the 150MW Tayabas South Wind Energy Project in Quezon. CleanTech recently partnered with Singapore-based The Blue Circle to develop a 1.2-gigawatt offshore wind project in Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro.
Caraga Wind Energy Corporation, a sister company of Eastern Petroleum, also has a 36MW wind power project in Surigao Del Norte up for SIS
A system impact study is an engineering study that evaluates the impact of a proposed interconnection or transmission service request on the safety and reliability of a transmission system.