Total Eren Enters Philippines Market With 2 Solar Projects Worth 135 MW

Total Eren has entered the Philippines in partnership with Mabalacat Solar Philippines and Sindicatum to build a total of 135 MWp of solar power plants

Total Eren, a leading renewable Independent Power Producer (IPP) based in Paris, has announced that it has taken its first steps in the Philippines in partnership with Mabalacat Solar Philippines, a renewable energy corporation based in Manila, and Singapore-based Sindicatum Renewable Energy, to build a total of 135 MWp of utility-scale solar power plants in Luzon.

The two solar photovoltaic projects, named Tarlac (60 MWp) and Zambales (75 MWp), are located respectively in the Tarlac and Zambales Provinces, in Luzon, in northern Philippines, and both hold a 20-year private Power Supply Agreement.

Tarlac has already entered the construction phase, while Zambales’ construction is expected to start in Q2 2021. The solar farms are expected to reach commercial operation respectively in Q1 and Q4 2021. Once completed, they will produce together over 180 GWh per year, enough to meet the needs of about 258,000 people in the Philippines.

Fabienne Demol, Executive Vice President – Global Head of Business Development of Total Eren, said “we are delighted to have secured our first projects in the Philippines alongside Mabalacat Solar Philippines and Sindicatum Renewable Energy. I am enthusiastic about the prospects of the Philippines economy and the decarbonisation underway in its energy sector, in which Total Eren wants to take an active role. We look forward to delivering these first two solar projects and are committed to the development of a larger portfolio of renewable energy projects in the country.”

The solar farms will support regional sustainable growth and contribute to local employment during the construction and then operation phases. Through these projects, Total Eren enters the Philippines renewable energy market where the company sees a strong potential, and pursues its expansion in Asia Pacific, a key growth region. The firm opened its regional office in 2015 in Singapore, from where it coordinates its activities across the region.

Jose P. Leviste Jr., Chairman of Mabalacat Solar Philippines, added “this is a significant moment for Mabalacat’s development as an active and long-term participant in the Philippines’ renewable energy sector. We are particularly pleased that a leading renewable IPP such as Total Eren is working with Sindicatum Renewable Energy and with us for their first solar projects in the Philippines. We are gratified by their vote of confidence in the renewable energy policies of the Department of Energy and the Philippines government, as well as the strength of the Philippines’ economy and its strong prospects.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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