SMC to build 200-MW solar farm to power its Bulacan airport project

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) — San Miguel Corporation is targeting to build a 200-megawatt solar farm in its 2,500-hectare property in Bulacan to help power its airport project in the province and boost efforts to transition to cleaner energy sources, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

SMC president and COO Ramon Ang said the facility will be one of the largest in the country and is one of the conglomerate's projects - through its energy arm San Miguel Global Power - to integrate renewables to its diversified power portfolio.

“This battery storage will be a viable solution to balancing electricity loads and storing unstable energy supply coming from the sun and other renewable sources of energy which we are looking to utilize for the airport,” he said.

The approach, he added, “is to use cutting-edge technology to shift sustainably to better fuels while balancing the needs of our country, economy, and people for affordable, reliable traditional fuel-based power."

He also said they continue to invest in technologies that would allow power facilities to have as little impact as possible on the environment.

Tagged as a “game-changer,” SMC’s ₱740-billion New Manila International Airport project in Bulacan is seen to help decongest the country’s primary gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It is also seen to boost economic activity and generate job opportunities for Filipinos.

SMC said the airport will potentially contribute about 9% to the country's gross domestic product by 2025, with estimated annual impact to the economy at nearly ₱900 billion.

More than that, it said, the airport project is betting on a green economy to have a dominant role past the pandemic.

The Senate and the House of Representatives have approved the franchise of San Miguel Aerocity to build, develop, and operate the project.