AboitizPower Enhances Grid Stability with Laoag Solar Plant Amid Philippine Energy Supply Challenges

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Facing recent energy supply issues, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI), the renewable energy division of Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower), has introduced the 159 MWp Laoag Solar Power Plant in Aguilar, Pangasinan. This strategic addition is designed to increase electricity capacity and reduce pressure on the national grid.

In recent weeks, the Philippines has encountered several yellow and red alerts due to power plant outages and rising demand intensified by high temperatures. Yellow alerts suggest narrow operating margins for contingency needs, while red alerts indicate an insufficient supply to meet consumer demand.

Jimmy Villaroman, President of Aboitiz Renewables Inc., emphasized the importance of the Laoag Solar Power Plant along with the 94 MWp Cayanga-Bugallon Solar Power facility, together providing 200 MW of marketable capacity. These projects are set to play a crucial role in enhancing the nation’s energy security during challenging times.

Using non-agricultural land for solar fields helps protect valuable farmland and supports the agricultural sector, as each MW of solar power typically requires about one hectare of land.

Further diversifying energy sources, the upcoming 17 MW Tiwi Binary Geothermal Power Plant in Albay will use residual heat from geothermal processes to generate extra electricity, while the newly operational 24 MW Magat battery energy storage system (BESS) in Luzon enhances grid stability through ancillary services.

ARI’s expansion plans include adding 1,200 MW of new capacity in solar, geothermal, and energy storage, with a second phase aiming for an additional 1,700 MW by 2030. These efforts align with the Philippine government’s targets of achieving a 35% renewable energy share by 2030 and 50% by 2040, positioning AboitizPower as a leader in promoting sustainable energy solutions across the country.