First hybrid renewable energy system launched in Palawan

Sunday, February 16, 2014 12:00 AM    Views : 1837by:The Philippine Information Agency

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Feb. 16 (PIA) – The first hybrid renewable energy power system was launched recently in Green Island, Roxas town which will provide a more stable and dependable power to 50 households in this remote island sitio.

The project is made possible with the initiative of the  United States Agency for  International Development (USAID) which will construct a 25.5KW hybrid power system making use of biomass gasifier, solar panels and wind turbines.

The launching of the pilot project was graced by Climate Change Sec. Mary Ann Lucille Sering;  USAID's Joseph Foltz, Acting Director for Environment, Energy, and Climate Change Office;  Roxas Municipal Mayor Maria Angela P. Sabando; PCART Executive Director Laurence Padilla; and Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta, representative of Palawan Gov. Jose C. Alvarez.

This project is implemented in partnership with the Municipal Government of Roxas and the Palawan Center for Appropriate Rural Technology (PCART), which will eventually own and operate the Hybrid RE Power Station.

This will benefit the households in Green Island's Zone IV, the area furthest from the diesel-generator set. As part of the sustainability plan, the project includes an ice-flake machine maker to help preserve the catch of fisherfolk, and a reverse-osmosis machine as a source of potable water for the residents of Green Island.

The Green Island project is one of the six grants of USAID's Climate Change Clean Energy Project which promotes renewable energy for utilization in the power and transport sectors.

The pilot project is in support of the national government's National Renewable Energy Program as part of the Philippines' sustainable energy agenda under the Medium-Term Development Plan. (LBR/VSM/USAID/PIA4B/Palawan)


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