DAGDAG RE CAPACITY: Yuchengco solar plant expansion to be completed in 2019 Q2

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Energy investment affiliate of the Yuchengco group PetroSolar Corporation (PetroSolar) is speeding up the launch of its second phase 20.4 MW solar plant expansion after its required solar panels had been delivered by Chinese firm Trina Solar.

Located in Central Technopark in Tarlac City, the expansion project which was developed under the government implemented feed-in-tariff (FIT) incentive will add to the adjoining 50 MW solar plant if it finishes by the second quarter of 2019 as scheduled.

The Yuchengco group is expecting that this will be included in the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) policy of the renewable energy sector, which was based on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) rules.

The solar farm will have 61,200 pieces of Trina Solar Talimax TSM PD14A model panels, made in Changzhou, China.

“These panels have special reflecting film technology which means more light reflected back into the solar cell, so it can absorb more energy and generate more electricity,” the company said in a Manila Bulletin report.

Trina Solar supplied the solar panels, while the project’s engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor is Solenergy Systems Inc.

PetroSolar Vice President Francisco G. Delfin Jr said that Trina’s on-time delivery of the solar panels from their China plant to the Tarlac-2 project site “testifies to their focus on customers.”

Trina Solar Philippines Country Manager Junrhey Castro explained in the Manila Bulletin report that their involvement in the project is their commitment to support future projects of PetroSolar.

“Collaboration is part of our long-running commitment to emerging markets in Asia-Pacific,” he added.

Industry players have target to install more than 15,000 MW of additional RE capacity in the next 10 years, which will provide incentives under the RPS policy.