Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that a renewable energy (RE) project rolled out under its Energy for All initiative began providing round-the-clock electricity for the first time to all 244 households on the island of Cobrador in Romblon province.
In a statement on Thursday, the ADB said the solar-diesel hybrid power generation system has a 30-kilowatt solar photovoltaic capacity to generate energy for immediate use during the day, and 180 kWh lithium-ion batteries to store excess energy for later use.
This is combined with a 15-kW diesel generator and a control system to allow switching to diesel when the solar power is used up, it added.
By using solar instead of diesel to meet the 24-hour energy needs, the system will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 64.8 tons per year, while saving about 24,000 liters of diesel fuel, the lender explained.
It rolled out the system under its Energy for All initiative in partnership with the Korea Energy Agency, the Government of the Philippines-owned National Electrification Administration, and the Romblon Electric Cooperative.
BJ Power of the Republic of Korea carried out the design, installation and commissioning of the system.
The ADB said the project supports the Philippines government’s goal of providing continuous electricity supply to 90 percent of the country’s households by 2017.
“As an archipelago of over 7,000 islands, meeting the electricity needs of remote communities is both logistically difficult and costly,” it said.
The lender pointed out that the project shows how clean, renewable energy can be tapped to upgrade existing local electricity systems to meet the needs of the many remote and energy-deficient communities in the Philippines and beyond.
“Just yesterday, the electricity supply was constrained to only a few hours a day due to the limitations of the diesel generation system,” said Richard Bolt, country director of ADB’s Philippines Office, who inaugurated the system.
“From today, a 24-hour supply of cleaner and more affordable electricity will be provided using a hybrid solar-diesel system, benefiting homes, the health center, the school, and local industries,” he said.