Aboitiz Power Corporation seeks endorsement from the Pangasinan provincial board for the construction of about 1,000-megawatt solar and wind power projects in some parts of the province.
During the regular session of the august body on February 10, executives of Aboitiz Power Corp. appeared before the members of the august body to provide information regarding the project.
Aboitiz Power Corp. Business Community and Government Relations Senior Vice President Chris Fernando Faelnar said that Aboitiz looked into the solar and wind potentials of some parts in the province.
“Aboitiz eyes to establish its first-ever facilities in Pangasinan,” Faelnar said.
“Our goal is to expand our renewable energy portfolio to 3,000 megawatts by 2030 and close to 1,000 megawatts of that will be here in Pangasinan,” Faelnar also stated.
For this projects to materialize, Aboitiz Power Corporation will earmark P34-billion, Faelnar highlighted noting that all funds will come from the power corporation and the province has no counterpart on the funding of the projects.
Faelnar noted that the power corporation needs the endorsement of the august body before the project materializes in Pangasinan.
“We really need the help of this august body as far as securing permits from different government agencies locally and in the national level before we can start the project,” stated Faelnar.
Aboitiz Power Asst. Vice President Joefry T. Paulo noted that the power corporation is planning to put up the solar and wind powerplants in western areas in Pangasinan, including: Mangatarem, Bugallon, Labrador, Aguilar, Infanta, Mabini and Sual.
For solar energy, Paulo added, the plant has a capacity 650 megawatts which will be located in the grids of San Manuel, Bugallon, Aguilar, Mangatarem, Mabini and Infanta while the wind power plant has a capacity of 350 megawatts located in the corridors of Aguilar, Bugallon and Mangatarem.
It was also noted that construction of the powerplants in the province will propel job opportunities to Pangasinenses.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman (Photos by Jin Perez)