The Department of Energy (DOE) has endorsed eight more power projects to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines to undergo system impact studies (SIS), majority of them solar ventures.
Based on a document from the DOE, Sapang Balen Solar Sustainable Energy Corporation’s 464-megawatt alternating current (MWac) Solar 2 Power Project in Pampanga and Tarlac is the largest of the solar ventures.
Meanwhile, Aboitiz Power Corporation – through PV Sinag Power, Inc. – has two new projects in the list, namely the 120.3-megawatt (MW) San Marcelino Floating Solar Power Project in Zambales and the 67.1 MWac San Manuel Solar Power Plant in Pangasinan.
PV Sinag also has a 103.11 MW floating solar project in the Laguna de Bay that was endorsed for SIS last month. The AboitizPower subsidiary is also the developer of the 74MW Cayanga-Bugallon solar project, also in Pangasinan.
As for hydropower projects, Pan Pacific Renewable Power Philippines Corporation’s 250MW Gened 2 Hydroelectric Power Plant in Kabugao, Apayao, and Cabanglasan Hydropower Corporation’s 15MW Pulanai River hydropower plant in Valencia City, Bukidnon have both been endorsed for SIS.
On a per-project basis, Panasia Energy Inc.’s 638MW liquefied natural gas-fired Combined Cycle Power plant in Limay, Bataan is the biggest one endorsed to NGCP in February. Last year, the company won the bidding for the site of the 225MW Bataan Thermal Power Plant, also in Limay.
Millennium Energy Inc.’s 180MW multi-fuel gas turbine units in Navotas City also got the DOE’s endorsement.
Wrapping up the list is Lumino Biomass Power’s 50MW biomass power plant in Bislig City, Surigao del Sur
A total of 13 projects have been endorsed for SIS since the start of the year.
An SIS 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.