The Department of Energy (DOE) is stepping up the implementation of its Household Electrification Program (HEP)—the energization of off-grid households utilizing renewable energy technology such as solar home systems.
To fast-track the program, the DOE-Visayas Field Office (VFO) has organized a series of solar home system (SHS) installations and community consultations in the region.
The DOE-VFO is leading the ongoing installation of SHS sets in 375 households in the province of Eastern Samar covering the municipalities of Oras (220 households), Arteche (71 households), Quinapondan (59 households), and General MacArthur (25 households).
The SHS set provides three units of 3-watt LED lights and one unit of 1-watt LED light with built-in AM/FM radio and cell phone charger.
The DOE said the installation started in the last week of June and should be completed by mid-August this year.
The VFO has also finalized the list of community beneficiaries in Don Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental for 425 households scheduled to be installed with the SHS sets next month.
“This undertaking is considered a highlight in the implementation of the HEP as most beneficiaries in this municipality are rebel returnees and indigenous peoples groups,” the DOE said in a statement.
Other lists of beneficiaries are also being finalized by the VFO in the fishing communities of Higatangan Island and Naval, Biliran with 50 target households as well as in the upland sitios and farming communities of Mahaplag and Burauen in Leyte with 60 target households.
Once the lists are finalized, the target communities will be installed with SHS sets in September, the DOE said.