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Leandro Leviste readies 3,000-hectare land conversion for solar farm

Ralf Rivas
Leandro Leviste readies 3,000-hectare land conversion for solar farm

SPNEC

Solar Philippines acquires 'majority' of its target lands for the largest solar ranch in the country

MANILA, Philippines – Leandro Leviste’s Solar Philippines is set to convert over 3,000 hectares of land in Nueva Ecija and Bulacan for industrial use, as the company prepares to build the country’s largest solar facility.

In a stock exchange filing on Tuesday, January 3, Solar Philippines subsidiary Solar Philippines Nueva Ecija Corporation (SPNEC) said it already fully secured “majority of its target lands” and documentation is ongoing to complete acquisitions.

Land conversion is expected by the final quarter of 2023.

“Converting over 3,000 hectares for industrial use is the most significant value driver for SPNEC, and we will provide further updates as we work to create value on this for our shareholders,” Leviste said.

“Land underpins an entire project, and our landbank in Nueva Ecija and Bulacan in particular is unique, in terms of its scale and proximity to Manila,” he added. (WATCH: Business Sense: Solar Philippines CEO Leandro Leviste)

The largest project of Solar Philippines is under Terra Solar Philippines, a joint venture with tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. It currently has a power supply agreement with Manny Pangilinan’s Manila Electric Company for 850 megawatts of renewable energy. The project will likely require land from Nueva Ecija and Bulacan.

Shares of SPNEC traded flat on Tuesday. – Rappler.com

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Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.