Philippines’ Department of Energy (DoE) has announced seven renewable power projects totaling 562MW, with a 30MW battery energy storage system in Negros Occidental, in the west of the island grouping. The proposal for the battery has been put forward by Silay Global Energy Solutions.
The seven projects consist of three wind farms and four large-scale solar power projects which will allow the DoE to determine if the future plant generation can be absorbed by the power grid.
The solar sector includes two components of 70MW capacity each, one of 22MW and another of 30MW with battery storage.
These two projects will be developed by Pilipinas Newton Energy and Pilipinas Einstein Energy in San Manuel, Pangasinan.
C-Solar Power will develop a 22MW project in Tarlac, while Silay Global Energy Solutions will deliver the battery-based solar power project with capacity of 30MW in Negros Occidental.
The DoE has also approved another 150MW solar power project equipped with a lithium-ion battery at Concepcion, Tarlac, for shifting energy into the early evening and providing ancillary services to the national grid.
A source said, “the programme aims to prove that solar is now viable in the Philippines without the FIT (Feed-in-Tariff), and can in fact replace much of the 10GW of coal fired power planned to be completed over the next five years.”
The project is set to power the equivalent of 300,000 households once completed by the end of 2017.