San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is planning to build a 200-megwatt solar farm on its 2,500-hectare property in Bulacan to help power its P740-billion New Manila International Airport project, which will form part of the company’s effort to sustainably transition to cleaner energy sources.

SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said the solar facility will be one of the largest in the country, representing one of the many projects the conglomerate – through its energy arm San Miguel Global Power – is developing to integrate renewable energy to its diversified power portfolio.

Ang said company’s solar farm in Bulacan will have a battery energy storage facility that can store power when power generation is high but electricity consumption is low. The stored energy can then be released when electricity demand is high.

“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 ,” Ang said.

“Our approach has always been 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.

We continue to invest in technologies so that our power facilities would have as little impact as possible on the environment,” he added.

SMC maintains a mix of renewable and non-renewable facilities, with hydropower and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in its portfolio, with its brand new LNG plants being the first in the country.

LNG is a viable alternative to fossil-based power generation. CURRENTPH

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