Vivant Energy taps Malaysian firm for two solar projects

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THE energy unit of Cebu-based Vivant Corp. has awarded two power contracts to a Malaysian solar developer to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Iloilo City and Bulacan.

In a statement, Vivant Energy Corp. said it partnered with renewables specialty Solarvest in March for building local energy projects which are a first for the Bursa Malaysia-listed company.

Solarvest will undertake the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning works for the 816-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar PV systems at 10 buildings of the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City.

It will also develop a 378 kWp system for Bulihan Industrial Park in Bulacan.

Vivant Energy did not disclose the cost of both installations.

The two projects are currently under construction and are expected to be finished by the last quarter of the year.

“This marks our first expansion beyond Malaysia,” Solarvest Group Chief Executive Officer Davis Chong Chun Shiong was quoted as saying.

“We’re glad to have Solarvest as our partner in providing solutions that power the success of our customers,” Vivant Energy Chief Operating Officer Emil Andre M. Garcia said.

Vivant Energy manages its parent’s investments in energy distribution and generation, retail electricity supply, and energy-related engineering solutions in the country.

It is also a major player in the National Power Corp.’s small power utilities group which distributes electricity in off-grid areas. — A. J. Ang