Solar to power airport complex

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    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is looking to build a 200- megawatt (MW) solar farm on its 2,500-hectare property in Bulacan to power its planned New Manila International Airport project.

    Ramon Ang, SMC president and chief operating officer, said the facility will also be equipped with battery energy storage to store electricity when generation is high but power consumption is low and be released when demand is high.

    “This battery storage will be a viable solution to balancing electricity loads and storing unstable energy supply coming from the sun and other renewable sources of energy which we are looking to utilize for the airport,” Ang said in a statement.

    SMC said it is investing in battery storage technology to help stabilize power grids, minimize power wastage and provide reliable and affordable electricity coming from a mix of renewable and traditional sources.