By Lenie Lectura – May 31, 2019
from Business Mirror
THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) is soliciting bids for the design, supply and installation of two 50-kilowatt (kW) solar PV-diesel hybrid systems for the islands of Balicasag and Cuaming in Bohol province.
This developed after the National Power Board, chaired by the Department of Finance, approved the terms of reference for the projects. The board has approved a budget of P56 million. Currently, Balicasag and Cuaming, which both have 24/7 power service, are being serviced by Small Power Utilities Group (SPUG) plants with dependable capacities of 192 kW and 160 kW, respectively. Both tourist hot-spot islands have less than 100-kW peak demand.
“NPC has strengthened its plans on renewable-energy development not only for sustainability measures, but also to lower the power rates in off-grid areas,” Napocor President and CEO Pio J. Benavidez said.
In its 2020 Missionary Electrification Plan, Napocor said there are 17 areas programmed for hybridization, eight of which are new areas with solar PV and battery capacities.