1,684 MW RE projects pending DOE approval


    The Department of Energy (DOE) has received applications for 1,684.74 megawatts (MW) renewable power projects as of end-2020.

    The DOE said hydro power projects accounted for 1,217.30 MW of the total, from 25 service contract applications led by Strategic Power Development Corp.’s 500 MW Bulsa pumped storage project in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and 218 MW in Angat in Central Luzon as well as JBD Management & Consulting Services Inc.’s 350 MW Turumba phase 3 in Calabarzon.

    Wind service contract applications for 450 MW came from four developers: GigaWind2 Inc. for a 400 MW project in Zambales and Tarlac; Mabini Energy Corp., 50 MW in Batangas; Plaridel Windkraft Corp. in Quezon Province and; Quezon Energy Wind Corp. for a project traversing Quezon Province, Laguna and Rizal.

    The DOE said the biomass operating contract applications will have 14 MW from two developers:

    Green Atom Power Corp.-Pangasinan for a 6 MW waste-to-energy plant in Laoac town and Mindoro Harvest Energy Co. Inc., 8 MW in Oriental Mindoro.

    For solar, 3.44 MW operating contracts are proposed by 8 companies, five from Solar Philippines Island Corp. in rooftop installations in SM malls. Three other solar applications without indicative capacities are from Solar Para sa Bayan Corp. in Paluan, Occidental Mindoro; Trademaster Symbior Rooftop Corp. in Pampanga and Solar Philippines Seasidemall Corp. in SM Seaside Mall Cebu.

    Only one application has been submitted, from Energy Development Corp.’s Mainit-Sadanga geothermal prospect in CAR

    From 2021 to 2040, 65,000 MW additional will be built in the country, of which 40,000 MW of which will be from RE.

    If all the pending RE applications would be approved and fully developed, the additional capacities will be equivalent to over 4 percent of the aspired 40,000 MW from cleaner sources by 2040.

    As of the first half of 2020, the total number of installed on-grid capacity from RE is at 7,461 MW or almost 30 percent of the total 25,109 MW installed capacity nationwide.