Biggest in Asia outside China: Marawi Solar PV Power Park gets going

Dec 22, 2013

by TITING ATAR and DAVE TAULI

 

MARAWI City – Asia’s largest solar power plant outside China moved closer to reality Monday, with the signing of a Public Private Partnership Agreement by the Islamic City of Marawi with a US-based integrator at the Marawi City Hall.

 

Mayor Fahad Salic shakes hands with Engr Winston Mendoza to close the deal on the 35 MW Solar PV Park of Marawi City LGU.


The PPP agreement was signed by Mayor Fahad Panarigan Umpar Salic in behalf of the Islamic City of Marawi (ICOM) and Lim Solar Philippines by Winston Mendoza, chairman and CEO. The project will be implemented as an economic enterprise undertaking of the LGU of Marawi in partnership with Lim Solar Philippines, an integrator of solar PV power plants with headquarters in California, U.S.A.

 

Key figures in the Marawi City Government witness the signing of the Public Private Partnership between Marawi City LGU and Lim Solar Phlippines on the design, construction, commissioning and operation of the 35PM Marawi City Solar PV Park.


The signing of the PPP agreement will kick off the implementation of the Marawi City Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Park with the construction of the P700-million initial five (5) megawatt (MW) solar PV power plant at Barangay Malimono.


The 5-MW solar PV project will be followed by the construction of an additional thirty (30) MW of solar PV power plants costing some PhP 4-billion. This will give the ICOM Solar PV Power Park a total output of 35MW costing some PhP4.7-billion.

 

Engr. David A. Tauli briefs the participants on the project. Engr. Tauli was crucial in the installation of the first grid connected solar power plant in the Philippines, the 1MW solar PV plant of CEPALCO in Cagayan de Oro City.


Construction will start on April 2014, and the entire 35MW capacity should be commissioned and commercial operations started within the first half of 2015.


The ICOM Solar PV Power Park will provide an income to the Marawi LGU of around PhP50-million per year for 20 years which would supplement the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) the ICOM is receiving from the national government.

 

Project briefing by Engr. Winston Mendoza


More important, the ICOM Solar PV Power Park would provide the entire energy requirement of electricity consumers in Marawi City, now being supplied by the PSALM-NPC. The 35MW generated by the solar PV plants would displace all generation now coming from PSALM-NPC plants.


Since the project would be entitled to receive Feed-In Tariff (FIT) payments from the national government under the Renewable Energy Law, consumers in Marawi City will be exempted from paying the purchased power component of their monthly power bills that the Lanao del Sur Electric Cooperative (LASURECO) is collecting at present in behalf of PSALM.


This translates to a reduction in the electricity rate of Marawi consumers from the present P6.00++ per kilowatt hour (kWh) to only PhP3.00/kWh. Upon the full commercial operation of the 35MW solar PV power plants, the people of Marawi City will be paying the lowest electric rates in the entire Philippines.

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