ZAMBOANGA CITY — Its all systems go for Enfinity Philippines Technology Services, Inc. to put up a 20-megawatt (MW) solar power plant worth P1.4 billion in this city.
Enfinity president Dennis Chan Ibarra said the power plant will be constructed at the Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone and Freeport Authority in San Ramon, Barangay Talisayan, west of this city.
Ibarra said the Department of Energy (DOE) had already granted them with a service contract to build the solar power plant in this city.
Ibarra said the 20-MW solar energy may be too small for this city’s power demand “but at least it could help and part of the solution to the power crisis.”
Ibarra further said that Enfinity and Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative (Zamcelco) will jointly petition the Energy Regulatory Board (ERB) for the rate approval.
“We are now busy preparing the power rates, the power purchase agreement and we are also busy formalizing the land leases, now that the national government has released the service contract,” he said.
He assured that the power rates from solar energy are much lower than the current rates.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has strongly endorsed Enfinity’s solar power project proposal when she and Ibarra met Wednesday at City Hall. (PNA)