Solar Energy Plant in Cagayan de Oro
The heat from the sun, or popularly called as Solar energy is one of the most available renewable energy on earth along with wind power and hydroelectricity and such. Solar powered electrical generation relies on heat engines and photovoltaics.There are many ways to harvest solar energy and the most common is to use solar panels.
Last August 6 at 9 o’clock in the morning, the CDOBloggers gather at CEPALCO’s office to visit the site of the world’s first and largest on-grid Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Plant at Barangay Indahag. They call the plant 1 Megawatt Photovoltaic Power Plant and it was inaugurated in 2004. It is a 1MWp polycrystalline silicon-based PV plant and connected with the distribution of network of CEPALCO. Its commercial operations started last September 26, 2004. At its current generating capacity, the plant supplies no less than 900 CEPALCO residential customers.
The 1 MWp plant’s installation costs close to $5.3 Million, uses 6,500 solar panels on 2 hectares of land and partially funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which was facilitated by the World Bank through the International Finance Corporation. It has already been visited by over 10,000 students and visitors both local and foreign renewable energy enthusiasts since it started operations.
CEPALCO is now setting out on a larger 30-hectare solar park within the First Cagayan de Oro Business Park located in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, just about 30 minutes from the Cagayan de Oro City. This proposed plant will be able to supply with not less than 14,000,000 kWh of electricity powering more or less 18,000 residents. Through CEPALCO, more people will be aware on renewable energy and how good it will be for our environment.
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