How the Philippines’ low-carbon plans may fuel a switch to green jobs

(Eco Business, 30 Apr 2021) Over 350,000 renewable energy jobs in the Philippines could be created by 2030. With the coal moratorium expected to add more clean energy capacity to the mix, could displaced power plant workers be among those to switch to green jobs?

When CleanTech Global Renewables, an independent power producer, started building its first solar power plant in Bulacan, Philippines in 2015, its founder Aboy Castro knew the risks that were coming with the venture.

Only a limited pool of experienced solar engineers was available in the nascent clean power sector at that time, and despite the country having one of the first renewable energy laws in Southeast Asia, local clean energy markets were hampered by hostile regulatory environments and unreliable power grids.

Enticed by the government’s feed-in-tariff incentive that year, which reduced taxes for renewable energy investors, Castro and his team forged ahead and developed the firm’s first utility-scale solar installation of 15 megawatts (MW). 

Soon after, CleanTech applied for 342MW for projects in the Luzon island group of the archipelago, including the 22MW expansion of the San Ildefonso, Bulacan solar installation, the 20MW OneManaoag solar facility being developed in Santa Barbara, Pangasinan and a planned 100MW CleanTech Renewable Energy 4 Corp venture in Lal-lo, Cagayan province. 

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Eco Business, 30 Apr 2021: How the Philippines’ low-carbon plans may fuel a switch to green jobs