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British firm bags deal to build biggest solar project in Southeast Asia

By Richmond S. Mercurio (The Philippine Star) | Updated October 27, 2015 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - The UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in Manila said British-based solar energy company Proinso has bagged the engineering, procurement and management (EPM) contract for Southeast Asia’s largest solar power project in Subic.

UKTI said Proinso is already one the largest integrators of solar components and solutions globally and its involvement in the project is set to further boost its business.

“The Subic Bay engagement is a complex project demanding a high level of capability support across many disciplines provided via our EPM program. Our EPM model is based on a collaborative approach working with local partners.  This way, Proinso is able to deliver world class renewable assets and also invest in the development of a strong local industry,” said Stuart Macfarlane, regional head for Asia Pacific of Proinso.

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority last month said it would host a $200-million combined solar and wind farm that would generate a total of 150 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to be undertaken by Emerging Power Inc.

The project will include a 100 MW solar farm project, eyed to be the largest in Southeast Asia.

UKTI Manila said it extensively supported Proinso’s entry into the Philippine market and British Embassy events have been key to the company securing the Subic Bay contract.

“The UK is committed to action on climate change and Proinso is a great example of our business expertise in renewable energy and low carbon initiatives. A project of this scale will utilize the abundance of solar energy in the Philippines and help the country develop a cleaner energy mix,” British Ambassador to the Philippines Asif Ahmad said.

UKTI Manila said the Subic Bay project would be one of biggest for a UK business in the Philippines this year.

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