Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chinese firm invests $500-M for wind, solar projects

Published January 15, 2017, 10:00 PM By Myrna M. Velasco

Chinese firm Xidian Holdings and yet-unnamed Singaporean consortium will invest up to $500 million for wind and solar projects that could yield total power capacity of 232 megawatts.
The Chinese company and its partner had bought into the Delgado Group-led Energy Logics to be the corporate vehicle of the planned renewable energy projects for siting in Ilocos Norte.
The share purchase agreement with the Delgados was signed December 16 last year by Xidian Holdings Managing Director Zhang Peng and Energy Logics President Jose Silvestre Natividad.
“After the successful buy-in, Energy Logics is now moving forward with the renewable energy projects with target completion by the middle of 2018,” said Peng.
Their ventures, it was noted, shall start with the solar and wind service contracts that are already held by Energy Logics. Project funding shall be a combination of equity and loans sourced domestically.
These projects will effectively test the capital markets’ vibe on RE developments post the era of feed-in-tariffs for solar and wind – given current government stance on such form of subsidies.
The transaction sealed with the Delgado group had been considered a “strategic” one, and it was a much-awaited development to bring long-planned RE projects forward to implementation phases.
Peng said the company will start construction of the renewable energy projects by March this year.  Currently, development works are focused on tapping engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors.
He added the 232MW RE portfolio that had been cast for the Philippine market would be part of the total 500MW that Xidian Holdings has been targeting for completion until year 2020.
Its development terrain though will not only be limited on solar and wind, but also with hydro and eventually even for planned conventional energy technology deployments.
The Chinese firm executive said, “Our projects will not only secure Luzon’s power needs but also help boost the Philippine economy by creating employment and livelihood opportunities.”
Natividad similarly remarked that this new group is “very bullish of (its) investments under the Duterte administration.” In fact, they considered the recently concluded partnership arrangement as an offshoot of Duterte’s visit in China last year.

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