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Sunny Ilocos town to feed Luzon grid with solar power

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CURRIMAO, Ilocos Norte—A solar power farm that will feed the Luzon grid has broken ground in the sunniest corner of this province—the fishing and farming village of Paguludan.

Facing the West Philippine Sea, Paguludan is best known for its beaches. In 2010 the Philippine Tour Operators Association (Philtoa) declared the town one of the emerging tourist destinations in the country.

The Currimao solar power farm is one of two projects that the Department of Energy (DOE) has approved for Ilocos Norte.

In the pipeline is the 50-megawatt solar power project of Energy Logics Philippines Inc. in the towns of Pasuquin and Burgos.

On Thursday the Korean power company Mirae Asia Energy Corp. (MAEC) and the Ilocos Norte government broke ground to signal the start of the construction of the 20-MW Currimao solar farm on a 60-hectare property here.

The area is within the 150-kilometer stretch of sand dunes in Barangay Paguludan.

With vast open expanses that border on Currimao Bay, the village is a suitable location for a solar power farm.

Albert Sacramed, Paguludan village chief, said life was bound to change for farming and fishing families in his community with the development of the solar power farm.

“We are assured of jobs during the construction period and, [we hope], more reliable and cheaper power for us,” Sacramed said.

The solar power farm is expected to be completed in May 2014, with an initial output of 10 MW in the first phase.

Formerly barren

Currimao Mayor Gladys Go-Cue said the site was formerly covered by a lease agreement between her family and the provincial environment and natural resources office (Penro) for a tree farm that was developed by her father, the late Mayor Ernesto Go, in the 1990s.

“This area used to be a desert. My father began filling it, improved the dirt roads and planted trees during his time as mayor. I feel like he prepared this site for the solar farm,” Cue said.

A portion of the property is now covered with fully grown trees, a requirement for the solar park in addition to abundant sunlight.

Cue’s family also wanted the area to be developed into a resort, but gave up on the development because of inability to meet the investment requirement.

Groundwork for the solar power farm began last year when Gov. Imee Marcos signed an agreement with Korean investor Jongson Bae, MAEC president, for the development of the project.

Marcos said Currimao, with an extended dry season of up to nine months, was the best choice for the project.

“With the solar park, we will establish our claim as the renewable energy center of the country after the wind farm in Bangui and the hydropower source in the towns of Pagudpud and Adams,” Marcos said.

Windmills of Ilocos

Ilocos Norte’s windmills remain the poster image of the Philippines’ renewable energy program, the country’s response to climate change.

When the solar power farm begins operating, Marcos said,  Ilocos Norte will generate 50 percent of its power requirement from clean energy and attract investment.

“It will power up industries in the Currimao port, the best area for passenger and cargo [shipping] in Luzon,” Marcos said.

Marcos said the Paguludan community and outlying villages would benefit from jobs that would be generated by the project.

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  • nti_boohaya

    Is this Marcos country?  I thought so.  Laingen yo manang ken manong Jr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ulpiano-Jotojot/100002633802776 Ulpiano Jotojot

    The late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos may now be buried under the proposed solar panels.Its  like purgatory because of the extreme heat from the sun….The End of the Marcos Dictatorship.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JHEMMDR2P5SRQO6JW47SDTVAFQ kindness in kind

      susmaryosep. wala ka na ba masabing may sense ng konti

  • henri_see

     If there’s a will there’s a way.

    Lagot kayo sa coal suppliers.

  • Garo Ungaro

    hope this well spread …the only way to help the poor hope they well not make business out of this business…from nature..to help the poor..first….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OV276YKVSWQ454LP65IGZ4OZLE aspiras

    This is good news – now the Ilocos politicians are moving in the right direction. For the unbelievers, please check out Germany – they are big on Windmills and going forward on Solar energy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/boy.dalius Boy Dalius

    Maganda naman yung proyekto. Kaya lang, kadalasan – ginagawang panakip-butas ito ng nakaupong dinastiya sa Ilocos.

    • Leo Capurictan

      What your problem? di kaya inggit ka lang.

      • http://www.facebook.com/boy.dalius Boy Dalius

        Wala naman. Inggit? give me a break.
        Dig deeper and you’ll see what I mean. 
        Maganda yung project. No doubt about that. Nagagamit lang itong pabango ng isang pamilyang ayaw pang aminin hanggang sa ngayon na may ninakaw sila nung kalakasan ng angkan nila – despite of numerous resolutions sa mga case nila even on foreign soil.

        Ikaw? Ano problema mo?

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    Imee Marcos should be congratulated for a job well done as governor of the province.  National Govt. officials in Manila, especially those in departments having to do with technology,  should send representatives to learn from the Korean firm, when construction is in progress.  The private sector, especially the Lopezes,  the Ayalas and the Pangilinan group,  should also find a way to participate even if only to gather technological knowledge,  so that their own companies can bid in the future.  It is really sad that for what is seemingly simple technology of laying down solar arrays and converters,  we look up to foreign firms to do it. 

  • NinjaMan

    once solar power becomes common, expect it to get expensive. same thing happened to diesel fuel. lolokohin lang tayo ng mga power corporations.

    • gardo_versoza

      at pano naman magmamahal ang kuryente galing sa solar kung libre ang source.. kundi ka ba pinanganak at pinalaking tanga ikinumpara mo pa sa diesel fuel eh kelangan magimport ng crude oil para maprocess na diesel..ibabalik kita sa grade 1 eh..bobo!

      • NinjaMan

        mas tanga ka. ang oil libre rin ang source. pero dahil naco-control ang source kaya naging mahal. hindi mo ba babayaran ang nagpatayo ng solar farm? hindi mo ba babayaran ang nag pro-provide ng delivery ng power galing sa solar farm? kung hindi ka ba naman bobo eh. LOL

      • gardo_versoza

        at pinatunayan mo na naman na pinanganak kang tanga at bobo..ang oil fields e pagmamay-ari ng bansang nakakasakop at pinapalease sa mga oil companies..punta ka sa middle east at subukan mong magdukal ng sarili mong langis kung libre tanga ka! at wala akong sinabi na hindi dapat bayadan ang kuryente galing sa solar kung ipoprovide, ang argumento ko eh hindi dapat itaas ang presyo katulad ng ikinukumpara mo sa diesel..abnoy! haha!

      • NinjaMan

        meron rin tayo oil dito sa pilipinas, libre ba? bobo! LOL at for your information, ang diesel noon ay kalahati lang ng presyo ng gasolina. at yun ay ginawa nilang pang-akit sa mga motorista na bumili ng diesel fuel instead of gasoline. ngayon ilang percent ba ng presyo ng gasolina ang diesel? ha? HA???? kaya ka pala nalala-os eh, hehehehe, dahil utak pulburon ka! LOL, dapat lagyan ng solar power panels ang ulo mong nakakalbo, para magkaroon naman ng konting power yang utak mo! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      • gardo_versoza

        patakan mo ng konteng krudo ang utak mo at mukhang natutuyo..ikaw ang tangang nagsabi na libre ang langis, tapos ngayon ako ang tatanungin mo kung libre ito!
        at dahil sa pagtaas ng presyo ng gasolina at diesel ang paniniwala mo eh mangyayari din ito kung sa solar power ang source natin?? pano?? ipaliwanag mo nga?? wag na lang at siguradong walang sustansya ang sagot mo at wala din magkakainteres na madinig ang opinyon ng isang bobong tulad mo.LOL!

      • NinjaMan

        nagpapalusot pa ang bobong ito. LOL. nagtatanong ka paano? katulad ng ginawa nila sa tubig. nung lumang panahon, panahon mo yun, ay libre ang tubig. ngayon hindi na. gets mo? bakit? dahil binabayaran mo ang technology na ginagamit para iparating ito sa bahay mo. gamitin mo utak mo. ilang hectares ba ng lupa ang gagamitin ng solar farm para masuportahan ang isang barrio man lang? gamitin mo utak mo. libre nga ang solar power, pero ang real estate na gagamitin dito ay hindi libre. bobo ka talaga. ngayon kung sino ang may ari ng solar farm, siya yung makakadikta kung gusto niyang taasan ang presyo ng kuryente. impossible ba mangyari yan? or masyado ka lang talagang bobo? ha? HA??? LOL

      • gardo_versoza

        aba at buhay pa ang lintek at sumasagot pa ang bobong to..sa tubig naman ikinumpara..eh yun tubig sadyang libre, pwede kang maghukay jan sa kapiraso mong lote, (kung meron jan sa tinitirikan mong iskwater) at magtayo ng deepwell..libre! tsaka linawin mo nga yan pagbabasa mo..hindi ko sinasabing kapag nag avail ka sa serbisyo katulad ng kuryente at patubig, govt man o private ang nagprovide, eh hindi ka magbabayad dahil iniisip mo na libre! tanga! ngayon pati real estate dinamay mo..ibig mong sabihin kung nakatayo na solar farm eh pwedeng tumaas ang presyo nito dahil yun presyo ng lupang tinitirikan e nagmamahal?? bakit hindi ba makiki-alam ang gobyerno sa pagppresyo mo? ibig sabihin monopoly ang mangyayari?? maging realistic ka ngang bobo ka at tumigil ka na sa pagru-rugby mo hahaha!! LOL..

      • NinjaMan

        bobo ka talaga. mas malaking kuryente, mas maraming lupa ang kailangan para diyan. saan ka hahanap ng lupa? aagawin mo mga taniman ng palay? at wala akong sinabing monopoly, cartel siguro, pwede, gaya ng oil cartels at power cartels. palibhasa nakatira ka sa mental hospital kaya hindi mo nakikita ang actual na sitwasyon ngayon dito sa real world. haaay, la-os na, nakakalbo pa, at bobo pa.

      • gardo_versoza

        zzZZZzz…sabi ko na, wala na naman saysay ang sagot mo..bakit naman sa palayan ka magtatayo ng solar farm..ahhh dahil “farm”, ang pagkakaintindi mo e dapat sa mga gulayan o palayan lamang pwede itayo ito…nakupo..pagnabasa ng mga titser mo ang pinagsusulat mo dito, magpapakamatay tyak ang mga yun..itatakwil ka pa ng mga magulang at kapatid mo…basta keep on following me ha! hehehe..

      • NinjaMan

        ay bobo talaga. kailangan mo ng malawak na lupa para makapag generate ka ng electrical capacity para maka support sa isang ordinaryong bayan. ano kalaki ito? daang daang ektarya lang naman. ano klaseng lupa? yung level at walang sagabal. unfortunately, ang mga ganyang klaseng lupa ay ginagamit rin ng mga palayan. yan ang ibig sabihin. ikaw ang bobong nag akala na ‘farm’ eh automatic palayan, ni hindi ko nga inisip yan, pero dahil bobo ka, yan lang kaya mong isipin. palibhasa nanay mo prosti, tatay mo bugaw, at ikaw ang numero uno nilang customer. LOL

      • gardo_versoza

        hahahaha!!! inabot ka pa ng ilang oras ng pag-iisip para lang may tumama kahit konte sa mga sinabi mo..sabi ng itigil ang pagrurugby para makasagot ng maayos..hahahaha…oh tayo ka na jan sa computer at tapos na ang renta mo..papick up ka muna sa mga lolo mong bading para magkapera ka lit hahaha..

      • NinjaMan

        eh di pahiya ka. LOL

      • gardo_versoza

        hindi..kasi puro sablay ang mga sinabi mo eh..LOL.. “ang oil libre rin ang source” LOL!

      • NinjaMan

         hoy bobo, nagbabayad ba ang saudi arabia sa oil na kinukuha nila? kung hindi ka ba naman tanga eh, kaya ka laos at nakakalbo eh, dahil 1+1 hirap ka pa rin mag solve. LOL

      • gardo_versoza

        tsk tsk..malala ka na ate..mas malaki pa ang tsansa ng isang mentally disable kesa sayo na maka-intindi na ang langis ay hindi libreng source ng energy katulad ng hangin, tubig, araw at geothermal na kahit saan sulok ng mundo ay makukuha mo ang mga sources na ito..wag mo ng subukan basahin dahil kahit anong pilit mo eh hindi mo yan maiintindihan..tsk…talon na ikaw sa tulay dali!

      • NinjaMan

        sige, kunin mo ang araw at gawin mo kuryente sa bahay mo, libre naman source ah? hehehehe, sige nga. LOL

      • gardo_versoza


      • NinjaMan

        Bakit mo ginagaya handle ko? bakla ka ba???

  • opinyonlangpo

    If it is cheap and clean then maybe its time to move investments to that place. A big portion of the business earnings usually goes to paying electricity bills. Nice initiative from the local government.  

  • Wadav

    Congrats sa mga taga Ilocos!! It’s nice to hear this kind of news! Sana gumaya ang iba pang lugar dito sa atin! Sa wakas naglalaway ang mga nagbebenta ng coal!

    • IlocosSon

      Kung alam nyo lang gano kamahal ang singil sa kuryente dito, this will just be another tourit spot.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7RFIF3RZOLMXTVBEM5R2ZCC2TI Lemuel

    These power projects of Ilocos Norte and the San Juanico Bridge in Eastern Visayas is what nation building is all about. It provides bigger opportunities for people in the countryside or provinces. Kudos to the landmark tangible projects. Even without much funfare and promo alam naming mga taga probinsya na talagang pinag-isipan ang katulad nitong proyekto. Sana dumami pa ang katulad nyo at para marami ang maginhawaan sa hirap ng buhay.

  • IlocosSon


  • IlocosSon

    Another Tourist Spot ng Ilocos Norte, Ito lang ang nkikita kong silbi nito gaya ng Windmill, Baka di nyo alam na masmahal pa ang kuryente namin kesa sa Iloco Sur na walang windmill, kasi di naman diretso sa amin ang ginegnerate na power ng mga ito didiretso ito sa NAPOCOR then bibilhin ng coop ang kuryente kaya ang rate napakamahal na. USELESS

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