ILOILO CITY: Some 6,240 households in three Visayas regions have been served by the Department of Energy (DOE) under its household electrification program (HEP) since the initiative commenced in 2010.
The HEP is in support of the government’s rural electrification program, said Lourdes S. Arciaga, program coordinator for Visayas.
She said they were targeting a 90 percent household electrification level once the program ends in 2017. Currently, the accomplishment is at 84 percent, she added.
“HEP is designed for off-grid areas or those that could no longer be reached by the services of electric cooperatives,” she explained. DOE makes use of renewable energy technology, such as the photovoltaic solar home systems (PV SHS).
Aside from the PV SHS, they also installed 85 sets of communal SHS and 96 sets of PV streetlights in selected areas of the three regions in Visayas.
In Northern Samar, DOE has installed the system in 1,171 households; 14 sets of communal SHS and 17 sets of PV streetlights.
A total of 262 households from Western Samar benefited from the program. Also installed were 12 sets of communal SHS and six sets of PV streetlights.
Moreover, 512 households; 10 sets of communal SHS and 12 sets of PV streetlights were installed in Eastern Samar.
In Leyte, 385 households were installed with PV SHS together with the mounting of eights sets of communal SHS and five sets of PV streetlights.
Southern Leyte has 181 households, six sets each of communal SHS and PV streetlights.
Biliran has 200 recipient households, four sets of communal SHS and five sets of PV streetlights.
On the other hand, 135 households from Cebu have already benefited from the program. Also installed were three sets of PV streetlights.
A total of 1,708 households were installed with the PV SHS in Negros Oriental. Also installed were 20 sets each of PV streetlights and communal SHS.
In Iloilo DOE was able to energize 811 households and installed eight sets of communal SHS and 10 sets of PV streetlights.
In Negros Occidental, a total of 875 households are energized with 11 sets of PV streetlights and three sets of communal SHS.
Arciaga explained that recipients of the PV SHS have the option whether to avail of the 30-watt package or the 10-watt package.
The 30-watt package is composed of a 30-watt solar PV panel, four LED lights, built-in AM/FM radio and cellphone charger and USB port/MP3 player. The recipient is also required to pay a P1,000 registration fee and P200 monthly fee for five years.
The 10-watt package on the other hand consists of 10 watt package solar PV panel, two LED lights, detached rechargeable AM/FM radio, cellphone charger and USB port/MP3 player, membership fee of P300 and P75 monthly fee.
The management and operation is being run by the beneficiaries who are members of the Solar Power Association (SOPA).
Meanwhile, the maintenance of the streetlights and communal SHS will be the responsibility of the barangay.