The country’s largest solar farm will soon rise as construction for the new infrastructure officially starts. 

According to Ayala Corporation’s renewable energy arm, AC Energy Corp. (ACEN), the solar farm, whose construction started on November 3, will be built in San Marcelino, Zambales. 

The site is capable of producing over 421 GWh of renewable energy per year, which could be further expanded to 700 MW.  

The upcoming renewable energy facility- located in a 300-hectare lahar field – is scheduled to be finished in the first half of 2023. 

It will feature the latest advancement in solar technologies such as east-west oriented panels and string inverters to capture solar radiation more efficiently.

According to ACEN, the energy farm will help eliminate up to 287,796 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission annually. 

Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd. and PowerChina Philippines Corporation as the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) will serve as the primary contractors for the project after being tapped by ACEN’s wholly-owned subsidiary Santa Cruz Solar Energy, Inc.

“The San Marcelino solar farm marks the fifth facility that we have commenced with construction this year, and these project milestones all make for a fascinating period in the expansion of our renewable energy portfolio,” Chief Development Officer Jose Maria Zabaleta said. 

“The facility will help address the potential power shortages in the country as energy demand continues to grow,” he added. 

Apart from this project, ACEN announced early this year that it has started building the largest wind farm in the country, a 160-MW facility to be placed in Balaoi and Caunayan in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. 

Meanwhile, in August last year, ACEN announced two new solar plants with a total capacity of 150 MW to be situated in Arayat and Mexico, Pampanga.

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