Ayta tribe okays $200-M renewable energy project


    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Pastolan Ayta community has  approved the establishment of a renewable energy   project to be  located inside an 800-hectare area of the Ayta ancestral domain in the Subic Bay Freeport      Zone.

    Ayta tribal chieftain Conrado Frenilla and  Ayta elder Bonifacio Florentino signed a memorandum  of agreement on Friday with Subic Bay  Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto  Garcia  and Jobin  SQM Inc. President Nancy  Tan for the implementation of the energy project  on Mount Sta. Rita here.

    Tan lso presented  the Ayta leaders with a  P1-million check representing the company’s  donation to the tribe. The proceeding was  witnessed by representatives from the National Commission on Indigenous  Peoples (NCIP), which oversees the welfare  of native communities.

    According to Garcia,  Jobin SQM Inc. intends to build a    $200-million  facility here that will produce power from clean  energy sources. The facility will produce 150 megawatts of combined  solar and wind energy.

    Garcia said the project is in line with RA  9513, or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008,  which aims to accelerate the exploration and  development of renewable energy resources,   increase utilization of  such and promote their efficient and cost-effective  commercial application.

    The law was also  designed to effectively prevent or reduce harmful  emissions to protect public health and the environment.

    The  alternative energy  project, Garcia added, was formally committed during President Aquino’s  state visit to China in  September 2011.  The development and promotion of renewable energy has been set as  among the priority   projects of the national government  under the Investment Priorities Plan  of 2012.

    To carry out the Subic  project,   Jobin successfully  satisfied the requirements set by the Department of Energy and engaged  the  partnership of  HydroChina International  Engineering Co., Ltd. (HIECL) for a joint venture. 

    HydroChina, which is  engaged in renewable energy development  projects worldwide, operates projects in the  fields of hydropower and    water conservancy, solar  and electric power, as  well as ports, highways and buildings.  Garcia said the Jobin  project will be a pioneering venture for the establishment  of renewable energy       facilities in the Subic  Bay Freeport Zone.


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