FIRST PHILIPPINE HOLDINGS IS A CORPORATION THAT IS CONSTANTLY IN ACTION. WE’RE ALWAYS TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO DELIVER FOR OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND THE FILIPINO PEOPLE.
First Philec Solar Corporation (FPSC), the sole provider of wafering or wafer slicing services in the country, officially opened today (Dec. 15, 2010) its new expansion facility worth P230-million, at its manufacturing plant in First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP), Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
The event was graced by Lopez Group Chairman Emeritus Oscar M. Lopez, Lopez Holdings Inc. Chairman Manuel M. Lopez, Sunpower Philippines VP for Operations Greg Reichow, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo, First Philippine Electric President Arthur A. de Guia, and Tanauan Mayor Sonia T. Aquino.
This 12,700-square-meter facility will house 60 wire saws, increasing FPSC’s capacity by 150 million wafers annually or about 400 MW. The new investment will increase the workforce from 450 to 1090 by the end of the year.
FPSC is looking to start construction of Building 3 by Q1 2011, two years ahead of schedule. This will house another 60 wire saws.
“As the company continues to outstrip expectations, the increased capacity will allow FPSC to respond to the requirements of its expanding list of customers. No doubt, FPSC will help provide a viable alternative for the country’s energy needs,” said FPSC CEO/President Dan C. Lachica.
Lachica added that: “what we have today is a three-in-one event—the inauguration of our expansion buildings 2 and 3 and the unveiling of our solar panel test facility.”
The third building will house the Research & Development (R&D) activities, PV sector headquarters, and activities to nurture employees’ wellness in body, mind, and spirit, for current and future expansions.
In addition, FPSC unveiled its new solar panel test facility—a 75 KW photovoltaic (PV) system at the rooftop of Building 2, as initial stage of a 200 KW PV Systems Installation project by Lopez Group sister companies, First Philec Solar Corporation (FPSC) and First Philec Solar Solutions (FPSS).
The project will serve as a test bed for different modules and inverters to validate empirical performance versus what the suppliers guarantee. This can provide a more realistic estimate of power generated by new system installation to help system designers and PV system users.
FPSC Vice President (VP) for Technology RJ Sinocruz shared that the project is expected to generate 7.5-GW-HR in the next 25 years and will make a substantial environmental impact, considering the savings that the company can make—an equivalent amount of energy approximately 2.8 million liters of gasoline or 164,000 trees saved.
In the succeeding months, a 20-KW PV System on the carports of FPSC will also be installed. Two-year-old FPSC is the first and only large-scale silicon wafer slicing company in the Philippines. A member of the Lopez Group of Companies, its mission is to “energize the future and make life better for all generations. The company is a joint venture between First Philippine Electric Corp (First Philec) and SunPower Philippines Manufacuring Ltd. (SPML).