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SINGAPORE’s Sindicatum Renewable Energy Co. Pte Ltd. has engaged a contractor to build its 23-megawatt (MW) solar farm in the Clark Freeport Zone by early next year.

The clean energy developer tapped India’s Sterling and Wilson as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the project.

“The new project in Clark will be constructed under the Department of Energy Philippines solar power procurement program under the feed-in tariff (FIT) mechanism,” the statement released by Sterling and Wilson stated.

Electricity generated by renewable energy projects entitled to the FIT will be dispatched to the grid at a premium rate over a period of 20 years.

“Sterling and Wilson will design the plant structure to withstand adverse soil conditions and high wind speeds,” the statement read, adding that the contractor “will hand over the fully functional solar power plant to its owners by February 2016.”

Bikesh Ogra, president of Sterling and Wilson’s Electrical & Solar Business, said in the statement that the company is “confident of providing a technically superior and robust power plant that will stand the test of time.”

The Clark project also brings the Sterling and Wilson’s order book in the Philippines to 101 MW.

In August, Belgium’s Enfinity Group tapped the same contractor as the EPC for its 28.6-MW solar farm in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Sterling and Wilson, which began operations in 1927 as Wilson Electric Works, is a member company of Shapoorji Pallonji Group — a $2.5-billion conglomerate.

The company is currently India’s leading services company for mechanical, electrical and public health engineering.

It is also India’s largest solar EPC firm in terms of projects. It also operates globally, with various projects in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

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