By Jaime Pilapil | The Manila Times
Vice presidential candidate and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. inaugurated the first grid-connected solar power farm here that is expected to help the province achieve energy sufficiency.
As part of his election campaign visit to the province, Marcos said at the plant’s inauguration on Tuesday the 20-megawatt solar power farm will supply the energy needs of Ilocos Norte to augment the electricity generated by hydro-electric power sources in the towns of Pagudpud and Adams.
“This is something that Ilocos Norte should be proud of because we continue to reduce our environmental footprint through clean energy. And we will continue to support projects like this because it is our future and our children’s future that are at stake here,” he said.
Marcos showed the 60-hectare project constructed by Soleq Philippines Inc. in Barangay Paguludan.
Aside from new energy source, the Currimao power plant is expected to provide jobs and boosted tourism on top of investment opportunities.
As a result, call centers will soon start to rise in Laoag City, an indication of power self-sufficiency domino effects.
Ilocos Norte is the only province in the country that has both solar wind and hydropower sources of energy.
Mindanao and the Visayas have been experiencing power shortages resulting from maintenance problems at the power sources, mainly hydropower.
Other areas in Luzon have coal, hydro and geothermal power plants, but their power supply proves insufficient especially during summer when consumption reaches its peak.
The windmills in Bangui and Burgos towns, Marcos said, are part of his renewable energy grand program, which he plans to carry out if elected vice president in the May 9 polls.