First solar power plant in Negros Oriental opens

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Dumaguete City (CNN Philippines) — The first solar power plant in Negros Oriental was inaugurated on Tuesday (April 5) in Barangay Tamisu, Bais City.

The event was attended by Monte Solar Energy Inc. (Montesol) CEO Fernando Zobel de Ayala and representatives of the Montenegro family, the owners of the land where the plant was built.

According to the site manager, the 22.4 hectare solar power plant could produce 18MW of direct current (DC), or over 25 million kWh, in a year. This is enough to supply over 10,000 households that consume at least 200 kWh per month.

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Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo welcomed the project as a champion for environmental protection. Solar energy is clean and renewable and can help save the environment.

Bais City Mayor Mercy Goñi said the solar company would help boost local employment and revenue and, at the same time, it could also help increase power supply in the province.