160-hectare solar farm now up in Batangas

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.



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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8 Responses

  1. martin says:

    matakot na sana ang meralco, dapat siguro gumawa na din sila ng ganitong project para mas mababa ang bill natin sa kuryente.

  2. Easy E says:

    *West Philippine Sea

    • Kamen Rider Necrom says:

      Tama! West Philippine Sea. Hindi South China Sea. Lahing tsekwa siguro kaya ganun.

  3. ethel says:

    How much deforestation happened here? Their next project should be a floating solar farm.

  4. Marcus says:

    Wow! If you think about it, if a rich 22-year old can do it, so can the major players of our economic industry.
    Solar Farms are the next big thing, especially when global warming is really affecting Philippines. Here at our city (General Santos), we could really use a solar farm. Our average high temperature is 33-35 degrees. Plus minsan lang kami tinatamaan ng typhoons.
    Kudos to him for trailblazing solar farming in the Philippines.

  5. Nognog says:

    Kawawang mga subscribers ng distribution utility. Wala silang kamalay-malay na sa kanila sinisingil ang Feed-In Tariff. Tingnan ninyo mga bills ninyo.

  6. Ferdi says:

    Means jack shit if power rates continue to rise.

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