Tarlac-2 Solar Plant Starts Export of Power to Luzon Grid
April 23, 2019
PetroSolar Corporation’s (PetroSolar) 20MWDC Tarlac-2 Solar Power Project (TSPP-2) commenced exporting power to the Luzon grid on 22 April 2019 as part of the facility’s commissioning tests. The first transmittal of generated power from TSPP-2 comes three months after PetroSolar filed the requisite application with the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and after compliance with the metering and connection standards of the National Grid Power Corporation (NGCP) and market registration requirements of the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP).
“PetroSolar is pleased to add power supply to the Luzon grid especially during these times of thinning power reserves that have led to instances of rotating brownouts. Our commissioning of Tarlac-2 supports the Department of Energy’s (DOE) mission of ensuring more power supply as the country heads into the important May elections. We are also proud that our commissioning of Tarlac-2 comes a year after we put our 12 MW Maibarara-2 geothermal plant into commercial operations last April 30, 2018,” declared Dave P. Gadiano, Energy Marketing Manager of PetroGreen Energy Corporation (PGEC).
PGEC and EEI Power Corporation are joint-venture partners in PetroSolar, which also owns the FIT-eligible 50MWDC Tarlac-1 solar power facility. PGEC is the renewable energy holding unit of publicly-listed and Yuchengco-led PetroEnergy Resources Corporation (PERC). Both Tarlac-1 and Tarlac-2 plants are located in Central Technopark industrial zone in Tarlac City.
PERC New Ventures Officer Claris T. Canta stated “The construction of TSPP-2 was completed in five months, from the start of foundation piling to export of power. The facility uses 61,200 units Tallmax TSM PD14A PV panels supplied by China’s Trina Solar and Fronius Eco 27.0 string inverters manufactured in Austria. These suppliers, our main EPC contractor Solenergy Systems Inc., electrical subcontractor Philcantech Enterprises, civil works subcontractor Media Construction, and owner’s engineer Green City Solarenergy were all instrumental in PetroSolar achieving this milestone. When TSPP-2 testing is completed, the total solar capacity of the company will be 70MWDC.”
“TSPP-2 is expected to generate 32,000 MWh of power annually, abating the equivalent of about 20,500 tons of CO2 emissions. Aside from the project’s environmental merit, local employment was enhanced during construction with the hiring of more than 300 workers within Tarlac and neighboring provinces. Upon commercial operations, when testing is completed, TSPP-2 will also provide additional direct financial benefits to host communities through business permit and local taxes, indigenous energy development royalty, and ER 1-94 remittances,” Canta added.