SOUTH SULAWESI—The US$ 150-million Sidrap Project, located in Sidrap, South Sulawesi, Indonesia started commercial operations on March 28, 2018, with a generating capacity of 75 MW. The Sidrap Project is the first greenfield offshore investment of AC Energy.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, Indonesia is the largest country in ASEAN, accounting for around 40% of the region’s energy consumption. As a country that heavily relies on thermal and conventional energy, the Sidrap wind farm is the first wind power project of the country. The Sidrap Project plays an integral role in Indonesia’s goal of reaching 23% renewable energy use by 2025, and 31% by 2050.
As countries continue to reach towards a cleaner and greener energy mix, AC Energy and UPC Renewables look forward to other expansion opportunities for Sidrap Wind in the near future.
UPC Renewables’ and AC Energy’s partnership started in 2013 for the development, construction and operations of North Luzon Renewables, an 81MW wind farm project in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. In January, the two groups achieved financial closing in relation to Sidrap wind farm.
Pagudpud Wind Farm Grows 205K Trees In 3 Years
Over the past three years, the Ayala-led North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC) which hosts an 81-megawatt wind farm in Barangay Caparispisan in Pagudpud town, has been growing forest trees as part of its greening program.
Local officials and residents witnessed the ceremonial planting of the 205,000th seedling within the 625-hectare wind farm in the said village.
In 2014, the NLREC started to plant indigenous trees in a once barren area where the towering windmills were installed.
“The first major goal of this effort was to produce 350,000 seedlings and plant 205,000 within three years,” said Maria Meliza Tuba-Principe, senior manager for Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility of the NLREC.
The reforestation program was launched as part of the company’s commitment to provide livelihood opportunities to the host communities and to advocate environment protection.
The NLREC hired a forester to directly supervise the setting up of tree nurseries and ensure that they grow healthy and robust.
Host communities are also hired as plant nursery staff, forest and forest-fire suppression guards, and reforestation workers.
At least 36 community partners were also trained to provide indigenous seedlings for the company.
Upon request, the NLREC also provides seedlings to other local government units and nearby communities in support of the national government’s expanded greening program.
Based on NLREC’s corporate social responsibility program, the Ayala-led company is also developing a sanctuary for endemic flora and fauna in the next five or 10 years. (PNA)
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