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More off-grid projects for San Carlos

Posted on October 08, 2014

SAN CARLOS Solar Energy, Inc. will undertake more off-grid solar installations following the inauguration of its first such project at a school in Negros Occidental.

PANELS at the San Carlos Solar Energy plant in Negros Occidental -- WWW.SACASOL.COM
In a statement, the renewable energy developer said it is pushing for the electrification of schools located in areas not connected to the grid -- specifically those on the islands of Negros and Leyte.

The first project -- which was provided for Camaniagan Elementary School in Barangay Prosperidad, San Carlos City -- utilized a ground mounted installation within the campus.

The facility has 24 panels with total capacity of 6,000 Watt-peak. In addition, batteries were fitted to store the electricity generated by the project.

Installation started in April and ran for 12 weeks, the company said, adding that it was officially inaugurated late last month.

“Our objective is to institutionalize the community’s sustainable use of the solar panel, making it an instrumental component in energy distribution to the isolated regions of our country,” said San Carlos Solar President Jose Maria P. Zabaleta, Jr.

The company intends to install a similar project at a school in Leyte.

“If successfully implemented… this could further expand into other barangays and provinces across the country, making solar power an essential tool in education of underprivileged Filipino children,” the statement read.

San Carlos Solar is a joint venture between Bronzeoak Philippines, Inc. and ThomasLloyd Cleantech Infrastructure Fund.

Last January, Bronzeoak and ThomasLloyd provided $100,000 in funding to a local foundation for the electrification of the Negros Occidental school.

San Carlos Solar is behind the P1.9-billion 22-MW solar power project in San Carlos City.

The first phase of the project, involving a 13-MW plant, started operations last May, while the remaining 9 MW is expected to be operational in the coming months.

The company said the same team responsible for the project implemented the installation of the solar facility in Negros Occidental.

Conergy AG provided the photovoltaic modules for the facility, while the overall project management was handled by Bronzeoak Philippines and Schema Consult.

The joint venture also intends to build another 18-MW solar facility worth around P1.8 billion in the municipality of La Carlota in the same province.

Bronzeoak Philippines was established in 2003 to engage in renewable energy development in the country.

It owns and operates an ethanol facility and cogeneration plant, through San Carlos Bioenergy, Inc., that produces 40 million liters of fuel ethanol, 40 million kilograms of sugar syrup and 60 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every year.

Meanwhile, ThomasLloyd Group is a European investment banking and investment management group dedicated to projects involving renewable energy and other clean technologies. -- Claire-Ann Marie C. Feliciano