EDC mulls solar farm in Burgos

BURGOS, Ilocos Norte—Aside from the ongoing wind farm project in this fifth-class municipality of Ilocos Norte, a solar farm project is being proposed to rise soon in this northern coastal town, Mayor Cresente Garcia reported.

He said that the Energy Development Corp. (EDC), the geothermal power company of the Lopez Group, is keen on the possibility of setting up a solar project here, adding that the company experts are already exploring the target site located in Brgy. Saoit here.

As initial step, Mayor Garcia said a public hearing was recently conducted among concerned stakeholders upon the request of the company. Likewise, the Burgos municipal council was tasked to review the project to ensure that it would not cause any significant damage to the environment, he added.

This proposed Burgos solar project, it was learned, will be second of its kind in Ilocos Norte as DENR had already approved a 60-hectare forestland for solar energy development in the southern Currimao town. (Theo S. Guiang)