Occidental Mindoro, Philippines –Supplying electricity for more than 200,000 Filipinos 24/7 in over 12 towns, Solar Para Sa Bayan (SPSB) aims for the Philippines to achieve 100% electrification by 2022. SPSB celebrates the completion of the largest Solar-Battery Microgrid in Southeast Asia.
Not enough electricity
The Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that roughly 12 million Filipinos have no access to electricity. But one town proudly claims that they are now brownout-free.
All thanks to advances in technology and Solar Para Sa Bayan.
The brownout-free Paluan
Paluan, Occidental Mindoro Mayor Carl Pangilinan says that throughout their town’s history, they were denied service by electric coop because of limited supplies in the whole Occidental Mindoro. Things have changed since they’ve decided to adopt Solar Para Sa Bayan to “provide stable, cheap, clean energy.”
With solar panels, Tesla Batteries, and backup diesel generators, SPSB supplies energy for the town of Paluan 24/7, 365 days a year, at 50% below the full cost of the local electric coop.
Currently, SPSB developed projects in 18 provinces and intends to support the DOE’s goal to end the country’s electric poverty by 2022.
The need for microgrid franchise
The Occidental Mindoro Electric Cooperative (OMECO) wants the SPSB to end their operations because Paluan is part of OMECO’s franchise. Because of this, SPSB applied for its own franchise – the House Bill 8179.
In its final version, the bill limits SPSB’s scope to “remote and unviable, unserved, or underserved areas”. It also requires the use of renewable energy and subjects the grantee to regulation under the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and DOE. SPSB is also obliged the SBSP to provide reliable service with financial penalties. The grantee, as explicitly stated, “shall not be entitled to any government subsidy.”
SPSB’s motivation and commitment
SPSB receives support from consumers in underserved areas. Local Government Units of Tangub City in Misamis Occidental and Dingalan, Aurora have already expressed their affirmations should the bill become a law.
SPSB said that they commit “to support this administration’s goal of achieving 100% electrification and ending energy poverty by 2022, and do this without need for government subsidy.”