Zambo picked for Asia’s largest solar power plant PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 December 2015 12:05

By VIC LARATO

Good news! A group of Filipino-French investors has chosen Zamboanga City to be the hub of the country’s first ever and Southeast Asia’s largest solar energy plant with a power generation capacity of 100 megawatts. The solar power farm will be set up at the Zamboanga Economic Zone property in Barangay Talisayan, west of this city. Construction is expected to begin in a week’s time of two and the target date for completion is on or before March 2016. Mayor Beng Climaco herself appeared delighted as she announced this good news during the Christmas party she tendered for the city’s barangay officials at Palacio del Sur of Marcian Garden Hotel yesterday morning. She said the coming of a clean and green renewable energy could be the final solution to the power crisis, resulting in 6-hour daily rotational blackout that Zamboanga City is currently experiencing. She urged the elected and appointed officials of the city’s 98 barangays to pray for the realization of the solar power farm the soonest time possible for the betterment of Zamboanga and its people, who have been suffering from the blackout for almost a year now. Early on, the city chief executive together with Zambo Ecozone Chairman Christopher Lawrence Arnuco and members of the Board met with the officials of the Ecoglobal Inc., the Fil-French investors group that will finance, manage and operate the solar power plant. Heading the group was Jean-Philippine Henry, chief executive officer (CEO) of Ecoglobal Inc., married to Mercedes Zobel, one of the country’s prominent families. During the meeting, they discussed and finalized the multimillion solar power farm investment that Mayor Climaco herself through City Investment Promotions Officer Angelique Go had earnestly solicited in a bid to end the power outages in Zamboanga. According to Henry, the solar power farm at Zambo Ecozone will start with 30mw and will gradually increase its capacity to 100mw then it will peak at 300mw, but this time with the combination of wind energy. He said a wind mapping has been conducted and they found out that the wind coming to the city is more than enough source of energy, and that will be their next project after the solar. — Vic Larato