October 7, 2017, Filed under Press Release

session on solar


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—The provincial board led by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr. intended to conduct an ocular visitation on the site for the planned development of the San Manuel 1 Solar Power Project located at Barangays San Bonifacio and San Roque in Sa Manuel town.


In the regular session on October 2, Engr. Hector Lim, Jr. of the Pilipinas Newton Energy Corporation (PNEC) appeared before the members of the august body to provide information regarding the project as well as to seek support by way of a resolution duly crafted by the provincial board.


Lim disclosed that as an initial undertaking, Pilipinas Newton Energy Corporation has already secured needed documents like the Department of Energy (DOE) service contract, Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Environment Regulatory Board (ERB), barangay resolutions endorsing the construction and operations of the project, and municipal endorsement. Community consultation, he added, was also held.


Prior to the company’s presentation to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), a letter of intent was sent to Gov. Amado I. Espino III by Dr. Romel Carlos, president and chief executive officer of PNEC based in Taguig City in which the latter requested for a provincial endorsement for the development of the project which has a capacity of 70 megawatts (photo voltaic) which is equivalent to 50 megawatts.


As such, the project will include an interconnection facility of seven-kilometer KV (kilovolt) line from the project site to National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Extra High Voltage station situated in Barangay Nagsaag, San Manuel.


When asked by some members of the board why Pangasinan was chosen as the site of the project, Engr. Lim noted that it was a strategic decision. The company he stressed has gone through various sites in the Philippines but San Manuel was chosen because of its “solar irradiance.”


Solar irradiance is the power per unit area received from the Sun in the form of electromagnetic radiation in the wavelength range of the measuring instrument. Irradiance may be measured in space or at the Earth’s surface after atmospheric absorption and scattering.


In terms of impact on environment and health, Lim said the project has no major negative impact on the environment nor hazard to human health.

Aside from provision of solar power, the proponent also assured that the project, which will be built in a 70-hectare unirrigated lot, will provide employment for Pangasinenses specifically residents of San Manuel and nearby towns in the sixth district.


Construction phase of the project is expected to start on the 3rd quarter of 2018.


Site visitation of the provincial board shall serve as a prelude to the crafting of the resolution of support. (Ruby R. Bernardino)





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