A solar hybrid project in Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi is expected to become operational in November, according to the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
With implementation ongoing and initial tests scheduled for July, the project utilizes a photovoltaic diesel hybrid system that is capable of generating 600KW of renewable energy. It is part of the Renewable Energy Technology to Improve the Value-Added of Seaweeds (RETS) government program, whose goal is to provide energy efficiency and sustainability to impoverished, off-grid communities.
Through the project, MinDA Chairperson Maria Belen Sunga-Acosta anticipates an improvement in economic activity and quality of life from electrification. Specifically, the project will help boost production in seaweed farming and allow the farmers to process their harvest so they can be exported as quality products for a better price.
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The RETS program also has another solar hybrid system being implemented in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi. Together, the two projects have a combined renewable energy capacity of 1.65MW.
International partners backing the projects include the Access to Sustainable Energy Programme of the European Union and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization through its country office in the Philippines.