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SMC to build solar farm in Bulacan to power its P740-B Bulacan airport project

San Miguel Corp. (SMC) plans to build a 200-megawatt solar farm to power its P740-billion New Manila International Airport project as part of the group’s efforts to shift to cleaner energy sources.

SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said the facility would be one of the largest in the country, representing one of the many projects San Miguel Global Power Corp. is developing to integrate renewables to its diversified power portfolio.

The planned solar farm in Bulacan will come with a battery energy storage facility that can store power when generation is high but power consumption is low, and can be released when the 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.

The circulating fluidized bed technology that SMC uses in its modern, state-of-the-art clean coal power plants ensures that emissions are way below both Philippine and international emission standards as it transitions to cleaner energy sources.

SMC also maintains a mix of renewable and non-renewable facilities, with hydropower and natural gas facilities in its portfolio. Its brand new LNG plants are a first in the country and a viable alternative to fossil-based power generation.

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