South Negros BioPower
29. November 2015

San Carlos BioPower

San Carlos Biopower is a new, stand-alone base-load power plant with a gross power generation capacity of 20 MW, which since its completion has generated 141 million kWh of electricity per year, supplying 212,000 people with renewable energy. Crop residues from local agriculture, e.g. sugar cane leaves and stalks as well as coconut shells, rice husks and specially cultivated energy crops, are used as fuel.

Project site


Negros Occidental, Philippines

CO2 reduction


16,480 tonnes p.a.

Reach of electricity supply


212,000 people



20 MW

Project Videos

San Carlos BioPower Groundbreaking, April 2013

Michael G. Airey, ThomasLloyd Managing Director, CEO Asia Pacific

Juan Xavier Zabaleta, Bronzoak Philippines, Vice Chairman

Ramon Allan V. Oca, Secretary Department of Energy Philippines

Impressions of the project

Project details

Project Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) San Carlos BioPower Inc.
Location San Carlos Ecozone (Agro-Industrial Economic Zone), Circumferential Road, Barangay Palampas, San Carlos City, Province of Negros Occidental, Philippines
Coordinates: 10 30 36 N, 123 25 16 E
Technical Specifications Project site: 210,000 m²
Feedstock type: primarily cane trash with some grassy and woody energy crop plants (ECP)
Feedstock utilisation: 170,000 tonnes per year
Feedstock availability: 1,1 million tonnes per year of biomass are available within a 40 km-radius catchment area
Grid connection: To an existing 69 kV substation, 1,5 km away
Reach of Electricity Supply 212,000 people
New permanent jobs 600 in the plant / 2,000 in feedstock production and collection
Supplier/Manufacturer Boiler: Wuxi Huaguang Boiler (China)
Turbine: Harbin Turbine (China)
Generator: Shandong Jinan Power Equipment Factory (China)
Motors, Transmitters: ABB (Switzerland)
Pneumatic Control Valve/Actuator: Nihon Koso (Japan)
Boiler Feed Pumps: Sulzer (Switzerland)
Gearboxes: Siemens (Germany)
Mobile Fuel Shredder: Roto Grind (Germany)
Tractors: Massey Ferguson (USA)
Forage Wagons, Rotary Rakes: Pöttinger (Austria)
V Rakes: Hodge Industries (Australia)
Baler: Nantong Cotton Machinery (China)
General Contractor (EPC) Wuxi Huaguang Electric Power Engineering Co., Ltd.
Operations & Maintenance Pöyry Energy Inc.
Owner´s Engineer Pöyry Energy Inc.
Lender’s Engineer Sargent & Lundy LLC
Electricity Offtake Counterparty Interconnection Agreement with Victorias-Manapla-Cadiz Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc. (VRESCO) Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement with National Transmission Corporation (Administrator of the government backed Feed-in Tarif Fund)
Credit Rating Electricity Offtake Counterparty Standard & Poor's: BBB+ with stable outlook
Moody‘s: Baa2 with stable outlook
Fitch: BBB with stable outlook
Specifications of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Statutorily guaranteed feed-in-tariff rate of PHP 6.63 (USD 0.15) per kWh plus an annual escalation in electricity prices to account for inflation and exchange rate fluctuations. The rate has been set and approved for 20 years by the Government‘s Energy Regulatory Commission.
Status In full operation since January 2020.

Status: 30/06/2021

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