160-hectare solar farm now up in Batangas
If ever you’re heading to the beaches of Calatagan, keep a lookout for this 160-hectare solar farm that could reportedly power the whole of western Batangas.
Solar Philippines is the firm that developed, financed, and constructed the solar farm for $120 million (Php5.7 billion) and is spearheaded by the 22-year-old entrepreneur Leandro Leviste.
“Being on a peninsula, facing the South China Sea, the solar farm enjoys a steady breeze, the highest levels of sunlight in Southern Tagalog and is seldom hit by typhoons,” Leviste said.
Amounting to 63.3 megawatts of power, the panels are hypnotically lined up along the fields of Calatagan, Lian, and Balayan area. This solar farm is also, by far, the largest renewable energy facility established in the Philippines as Inquirer reports.
The farm is now up and running and is expected to continue employing at least 100 people — boosting the economy of Batangas province.
Solar Philippines also mentioned that this is just the beginning of transforming the power industry and that more similar projects are in the pipeline.