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Construction of P6B solar farm in Zambales town starts

Ayala Corporation has started construction of a P6.6-billion solar farm in a 465-hectare site in San Marcelino town in Zambales province.

The project owner, Sta Cruz Solar Energy, Inc., has issued a notice to proceed to Power Construction Corp. of China Ltd. and Power China Philippine Corp. which were tapped as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractors of the project in Barangay Sta. Fe.

The solar power plant will have a total capacity of 500 megawatts direct current and will be constructed in three phases: Phase 1 with 283 MW targeted for completion in the first half of 2023; Phase 2 with 101 MW and Phase 3 with 116 MW to be completed by 2024.

San Marcelino Mayor Elmer Soria said the project will bring significant value to the local community with up to 500 direct jobs during the construction period generating employment to residents of Barangays Aglao, Sta. Fe, and San Rafael and nearby towns.

“When operational, taxes coming from this solar firm will help alleviate the town’s revenue collection,” Soria added.