Solarvest consortium bags EPCC project for Philippines rural solar programme

KUALA LUMPUR: Solarvest Holdings Bhd in a consortium with Edward Marcs Philippines Inc has been appointed the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning (EPCC) solutions provider for a one-megawatt peak ground-mounted solar development in General Santos in Mindanao Island, Philippines.

In a joint statement with the Philippines' National Power Corp (NPC), Solarvest said the project, which falls under the Rural Network Solar programme, is owned by NPC subsidiary South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative, Inc (Socoteco II).

According to the statement, Socoteco II is a non-profit electric cooperative (EC) of NPC to construct electricity distribution systems in rural areas.

The project is administered by the World Bank and funded by the European Union under the Access to Sustainable Energy in the Philippines Programme (ASEP) that aims to provide affordable, clean, and disasterresilient energy systems to the isolated communities in the Philippines.

This entails the installation of small grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants at distribution substations within the geographic region of the EC.

“Holding strong to our corporate vision of energising a regenerative world, we are honored to work with NPC to construct grid-connected solar PV plants in supporting the secluded households and communities in a sustainable manner.

"Other than introducing new energy generation capacity as a competitive approach to brown energy alternatives, this project is an important step for us to advance our regional expansion agenda and expand within the Philippines market," said Solarvest group CEO Davis CHong Chun Shiong.

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