Filipino utility’s 50MW solar project comes online

The 50 MW solar project of the Philippine energy supplier Mgen in Bucalan has gone online. Image: Mgen

Commercial operation of a 50 MW solar power plant in the Philippines began after construction was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

The system, called PowerSource First Bulacan Solar, Inc. (PFBSI), is a joint venture between the local energy supply company MGen Renewable Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of the Philippine energy supplier Meralco, and PowerSource Energy Holdings Corp in the central province of Bulzan in Luzon. The power plant cost energy companies PHP 4.25 billion ($ 88.8 million) to bring it to life after the project kicked off in December 2019.

According to the Philippine news agency, the plant was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of last year, along with a second 85 MW plant in Tarlac Province. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there were delays in construction in February. Chinese engineers hired by MGen for the Bulacan solar project were temporarily unable to reach the site due to a travel ban by the Philippine government to and from China, Hong Kong and Macau.

Rogelio Singson, President and Chief Executive Officer of MGen, said it was the company’s first operational solar project, marking “a very important milestone” and the beginning of a plan to “aggressively” expand its renewable energy portfolio to 1.5 GW 2028.

“As part of our commitment to a sustainable energy transition, we are committed to continuing to build more environmentally friendly projects for the future generation.”

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