Tepco eyes power plant in Virac

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VIRAC, Catanduanes: Japan’s largest power supplier—Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco)—has proposed to put up a one-megawatt power plant in this brownout-stricken province using a solar-diesel mix.

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Catanduanes power service is under the operation of the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative. A portion of its power supply is sourced from two hydropower plant owned by a private company.

Virac Mayor Samuel Laynes said the proposed one-megawatt power plant will be installed at this capital town.

Tepco is the power firm whose nuclear plant in Fukushima suffered a meltdown after the earthquake and tsunami disaster that hit Japan in 2011.

Laynes said, Catanduanes was chosen by the Japanese government as among the recommended five islands to be the trial site of the micro grid system project.

The other prospective sites recommended by NEA were the towns of Tablas, Busuanga, Mindoro and Romblon.

Laynes said the only requirement from the municipal government is at least a hectare of open land where the plant will be installed.

Virac is considering a portion of the vast land procured by the past administration from the National Housing Authority intended for its informal settlers.

The plant is expected to alleviate the reliability of the province’s power grid with the introduction of the so-called Smart Grid technology being implemented by Tepco on Niijima island in Japan.

In its Micro Grid project in Niijima, Tepco used a mix of diesel generators, solar panels and wind power installations working in various combinations to optimize usage of renewable energy source, using containerized 1-mW lithiumion battery system.

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