ILAGAN CITY: To energize far-flung communities in Isabela, at least 17 more mini-hydro power projects are expected to be constructed harnessing existing irrigation facilities.
Administrator Claro Maranan of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said the mini-hydro power projects are considered a first in the country and are expected to produce 236,000 kilowatts annually and supply at least 500 households.
The NIA administrator has announced this new development in Isabela during the groundbreaking of the Lateral B mini-hydro power plant project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency in San Mateo town.
Maranan said the mini-hydro power plant constructed within the facilities of NIA in Isabela was a pilot project which will be adopted in other places nationwide with potential for power generation.
To date, Maranan said there are at least 147 potential mini-hydro power projects in the country which “we expect to be successful once the these are in operation.”
Department of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala was also at the groundbreaking earlier this week of the mini-hydro power plant of the NIA-Magat River Integrated Irrigation System at barangay Villa Fuerte in San Mateo town.