Friday, March 18, 2016

Largest Solar Project in SEAsia Inaugurated in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental

Helios Solar Energy Corp. (“Helios”) inaugurated its 132.5-megawatt (“MW”) solar generation facility in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental last March 3,2016. It is Southeast Asia’s largest solar project. 

Helios Solar Energy
Helios Solar Power Farm in Cadiz, Negros Occidental

Helios' project was developed through a partnership between Gregorio Araneta, Inc. (“GAI”) and Soleq.

Soleq is the market leader in the solar PV industry in the Philippines and one of Southeast Asia’s largest solar independent power producers. This project follows the partnership’s first solar project, a 30 MW solar generation facility in Ormoc, Leyte, which was commissioned in April 2015.
Gregorio Araneta III, Helios Chairman said, “We are pleased to launch this ambitious project which underlies our conviction to support the country’s shift to more renewable energy. This project also demonstrates our country’s ability to develop world-class renewable energy projects and establishes the Philippines’ foothold as a frontrunner in renewable energy.
The first of its size in Southeast Asia, the project has contributed significant value and opportunities to communities in Negros Occidental having employed over 2,000 local people during the construction phase.

Helios Solar Energy
Helios Solar Energy
Additionally, it is estimated that the project will produce 188,500 MWh of solar power per year, or enough to power an estimated 167,526 households, save 177.7 million litres of water, and lower carbon emissions by 94,627 tonnes per year (equivalent of 10 years of carbon sequestered by planting 2.4 million trees).

Congratulations to Helios and partners on this huge solar power project to forward the Philippines towards a future run by clean renewable energy!

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