The Department of Energy (DOE) has once again ensured that electric supply across the country will increase by 5,000 megawatts come 2022.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said in an interview that the additional supply of electricity will come from new coal and renewable power plants.
In Bulacan province alone, one solar power plant will be constructed in San Ildefonso, with an initial additional supply of 30 megawatts. The project is targeted to be completed this year.
The 22.5-hectare lot will house 86,400 solar panels that can supply electricity to more than 10,000 households.
Another solar power plant that will supply an additional 50 megawatts is scheduled to be installed in San Miguel .
Several more solar power plants are expected to be installed in the towns of San Ildefonso and San Rafael, and in the city of San Jose del Monte.
Moreover, a biomass power plant is scheduled to be constructed in the town of Bocaue, using liquefied rice husks that can create 12 megawatts of electric supply. The project is expected to be completed in December 2020.
Cusi, meanwhile, sees the Congress-approved Energy Virtual One Shared System (EVOSS) as a welcome development in expediting the approval of more power plants in the country.
Once enacted, EVOSS can fast track all the requisites for a power plant application approval with just one process of signature and permit release.
This will be a far-cry from the current system where it takes more than three years for an application of a power plant project to get approved as it has to undergo processing of 359 signatures in 74 government agencies. — Maris Federez