Local renewable energy developer Sunwest Water and Electric Co. Inc. (Suweco) is adding new capacity to its hydropower plants in Catanduanes, a move seen to ease the existing 12-hour rotating power outages in the province.
In a signing ceremony held in Manila on Wednesday, Suweco and First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ficelco) forged an agreement involving the establishment of additional power supply on top of their existing power supply agreements (PSA).
Through the First Addendum of the PSA, Suweco will provide a firm back-up hybrid power supply combining diesel, hydro and solar to the province.
Originally, the hydro plants of Suweco in the province only has 3.6 megawatts but through the hybrid power supply scheme, another 5-megawatt diesel plant will be developed in the next six months, which will make an overall power capacity of 8.6 megawatts.
“Suweco is taking a proactive role in finding solutions to a serious problem due to unreliable power supply from other third party suppliers in the province. Thus, we revisited and amended our earlier Power Supply Agreement to augment the efficiency of our existing operational hydro–power plants in the area,” Suweco chairman Elizaldy Co said.
In June 2007, Suweco and Ficelco agreed to supply reliable and affordable electricity to Catanduanes, which is currently experiencing severe load sharing with a 12-hour rotating brownouts.
Co said Suweco’s priority is to develop the renewable energy potentials in Catanduanes and other areas in the Bicol region.
Besides two operational mini-hydro power plants in Catan–duanes with total capacity of 3.6MW, Suweco recently commissioned its 0.6MW hydropower plant in Sorsogon and is scheduled to commission additional capacity of 8.0MW in Bugasong, Antique.