Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr: P18-B Isabela solar farm a step to renewable energy-secure Philippines

2024 June 10

MANILA – President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Monday expressed elation on the construction of a 440-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Ilagan City, Isabela province, calling it a step towards the realization of the country’s renewable energy ambitions.

Speaking at the signing of the Connection Agreement for the Isabela Ground Mounted Solar Project, Marcos said the project would bring sustainable energy to the communities and spur economic growth in the country.

“This project is not only about transforming the energy landscape in Isabela; it is about strengthening our entire national grid, moving us closer to a resilient and renewable energy-secure future,” Marcos said.

The PHP 18-billion project will be undertaken by San Ignacio Energy Resources Development Corp. (SIERDC) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), with French-owned Total Energies providing financial and technical expertise.

SIERDC is part of the Nextnorth Energy Group, which is developing solar and hydro projects in Northern Luzon.

The agreement for the 440-megawatt peak (MWp) solar project is seen to further support the government’s initiatives in promoting the use of renewable energy sources in the country to ensure a future of safe and reliable energy for all Filipinos.

Located in a 392-hectare swathe of land in the City of Ilagan and the Municipality of Gamu, the construction of the project is expected to run from the 4th quarter of 2024 until 2026.

Marcos said the construction phase would also create jobs for 4,000 workers, “boosting our local economy and improving the lives of many families.”

The President also called on the NGCP to work closely with the government to ensure that the country’s energy infrastructure remains secure, reliable, and capable of meeting the growing demands.

“Indeed, renewable energy is a crucial step for a country and a world grappling against climate change,” Marcos said.

“This way, we may bequeath a greener, more secure, [and] sustainable future for our children and for generations to come,” he added.

Darryl John Esguerra (PNA)