By Tara Yap
Iloilo City — Applications for new renewable energy projects in Negros and Panay Islands have been put on hold.
Rey Maleza of the Department of Energy (DOE) told Manila Bulletin renewable energy proponents must be subject to an impact study conducted by National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), the private transmission line connecting power producers to power distributors.
But NGCP is too busy repairing and upgrading its infrastructure to conduct such a study, Maleza said.
Negros Occidental is considered as the country’s solar energy capital. It has the 132.5-megawatt (MW) Cadiz Solar Power Plant, the biggest solar energy project in Southeast Asia, the 59-MW San Carlos Sun Power, the 48-MW Negros Island Solar Power Inc., the 25-MW Silay Solar Power Inc., and 22-MW San Carlos Solar Energy Inc.
Biomass plants are also to be built in the Negros Occidental towns of La Carlota, Manapla and San Carlos.
There are wind farms in the island province of Guimaras and Nabas town, Aklan, an 8-MW hydro-power plant in Bugasong, Antique, and a 5.67-MW solar farm in Miag-ao, Iloilo province.