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Leviste to build biggest solar panel factory in the PH


Local solar energy developer Solar Philippines, founded and owned by young Bilyonaryo Leandro Leviste has unveiled plans to build one of the world’s largest solar panel factories in Tanauan, Batangas, an initiative seen in line with a vision to save the country into becoming a global solar powerhouse.

The facility—which will be completed in three years—will be designed for an eventual capacity of 2 gigawatts, with the first section scheduled to start operations by the end of 2016, the company said Wednesday.

State-of-the-art German technology will be used as a model to produce high-efficiency solar panels at the lowest possible costs, The Inquirer reports.

The new project is seen to create more than 6,000 direct and 20,000 indirect jobs for locals of Batangas and all Filipinos, and operate on 100-percent solar power.

“Solar manufacturing is moving from China to Southeast Asia, and we believe the Philippines can lead that trend.

Filipinos are among the best workers in the world, and the large local solar market can add to the demand for otherwise export-only factories,” Solar Philippines president Leandro Leviste said in a statement.

Leviste said among the objectives of the facility were to lower panel costs, take control of the supply chain so that solar power can be more available to all Filipinos, regardless of socioeconomic profiles.

The corporation also aims to help and support the new administration’s agenda to bring manufacturing to the Philippines.

“This is a key step toward lowering solar costs, enabling us to produce electricity cheaper than coal. Instead of importing expensive fuel from other countries, we will manufacture here in the Philippines.

Soon enough, our country can become the Saudi Arabia of solar, a leading energy exporter, and ‘made in the Philippines’ panels will be used around the world,” he said.

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  • vm0303

    Good for jobs and good for the environment. Build more wind and solar, I support that – but only up to a point. There are downsides. Solar and wind are relatively expensive and dont always work like if its a non windy night.

    Unless someone invents batteries 1-2 orders of magnitude better and cheaper than what we currently have, solar and wind can never exceed a certain percentage of the country’s power supply. They need some backup. This backup can either be low carbon like hydro, geothermal or nuclear. Or fossil fuel. Obviously all of the former are much better

    So keep on building solar and wind. The philippines has such a low percentage of solar and wind that you will not see the problems china and germany and denmark are seeing for some time. When that time comes then a decision must be made

    Look at dubai. Dubai already has lots of solar energy being a desert country, it has already built and is planning to build lots of solar panels. But it is still building 4 nuclear power plants.

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