DOE backs Concepcion Solar Farm project

CONCEPCION, Tarlac — The Department of Energy (DOE) has expressed support to the construction of the P10 billion 150 Megawatts (MW) Concepcion Solar Farm that can supply power to the entire Tarlac province.

Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi disclosed one of the objectives of DOE is to energize all households by 2022 and targeting a 25% more reserved from a demand.

“We are finding a balance for the demand and supply. As of now, the country’s power demand is something like 13,000 MW. However, our supply is barely 14,000 MW. The supply is barely meeting its demand that’s why we need more,” he explained.

He added the department is technology neutral and eyeing every possible source of power especially for far-flung places and island provinces.

“If this solar project can be stored already then we can source a lot of power from this,” Cusi furthered.

He noted the DOE is on red alert in watching daily condition of the power plants to make sure that the country has enough electricity and to avoid any power interruptions and spike in power prices.

“How I wished that this project has been realized earlier. With the inverters already available, this is no longer a groundbreaking but more of a work in process,” Cusi said.

Inverters play a crucial role in any solar energy system and are often considered to be the brains of a project with the basic function of inverting the direct current output into alternating current or commercial appliances. (CLJD/TJBM-PIA 3)

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