Negros Occidental: The Land of Renewable Energy in the Philippines

Negros Occidental may not be a common name for you to hear, but it is actually one of the most appreciated places over the country today. As a place where a green revolution is slowly taking place, different forms of renewable energy sources are either currently being used or already in the pipeline for development. The following are some of the renewable energies being connected to supply power to the locality.



At the center of this so-called ‘green evolution’ is the city of San Carlos, which started the first sugarcane to ethanol plant in Southeast Asia last 2009. Being the sugar capital of the Philippines, Negros Occidental is the most ideal location for the country’s first ethanol plant with sugarcane as feedstock. Crushing 1,500 tons of ethanol each day produces about 125,000 liters of Bioethanol per day. Also, San Carlos BioEnergy is able to generate 8MW of power from the sugarcane left after extraction. Today, they were able to supply the city with 1.5 to 1.7 MW of electricity in a week.



Known to be the largest commercial solar farm in the Philippines, this35-heactare solar farm can be found at San Carlos Ecozone. This is a combined idea and project of Thomas Lloyd Group and Bronzeoak that costs about $45million. Based on a study, the geographical position of San Carlos is very much ideal for a solar farm. It is drier and more exposed to sunlight because of the presence of tis mountain ranges.



Still in San Carlos, this biomass Project is a green field, stand-alone power plant that could generate about 18MW of electricity to the locality. The biomass facility is very economical because it utilizes agricultural wastes such as the trash of sugarcane, coconut husks and shells, woods, grasses, and others.



Next to the United States, the Philippines is known to be the second largest producer of Geothermal Energy. One of the six geothermal fields in the country is found in Negros Island. The Palinpinon Geothermal power plant in Negros Oriental was recorded to produce 192.5 MW of power supply for about one third of the total power consumed in the power grid of Cebu-Panay-Negros.