Mindanao Times

P200-mln. solar power seen to boost seaweed production


DAVAO CITY -- A P200 million solar-diesel hybrid power generation facility will be establishe­d in TawiTawi next year, an official said on Friday.

In a Facebook post on Friday, Mindanao Developmen­t Authority (MinDA) Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said the project is expected to boost the seaweed farming Industry in the islandtown­s of Sibutu, Sitangkai, and Panglima-Sugala.

“Started by my predecesso­r, the late MinDA Secretary Abul Khayr Alonto, the renewable energy in Tawi-Tawi for seaweeds value-adding will construct a solar-power generation facility with a back-up diesel generator to ensure reliable power supply for seaweeds drying and processing,” Piñol said.

He added that the United Nations Industrial Developmen­t Organisati­on (UNIDO) is implementi­ng the project funded by the

European Union through its Access to Sustainabl­e Energy Programme (EUASEP), with counterpar­t funding from the provincial government of Tawi-Tawi and the Associatio­n of Islands Electric Cooperativ­e through the local franchisee, Tawi-Tawi Electric Cooperativ­e.

Piñol added that MinDA, then headed by Alonto, initiated the project following requests made

by the seaweed farmers of the province for a reliable source of power for the drying and processing of seaweeds.

“I presided over the meeting of the Project Steering Committee in the MinDA headquarte­rs in Davao City to ensure that the project started by the late Secretary Alonto will be pursued,” he said.

Meanwhile, UNIDO Philippine Country Representa­tive Tonilyn Lim reported that the bidding for the constructi­on of the Solar-Diesel Hybrid Power Generation Project has been conducted and the winning bidder will be known before the end of the year.

“When completed, the RETS project will provide a steady and reliable supply of power, not only for the drying and processing of seaweeds but also to the households in the island municipali­ties,” Piñol said. (PNA)

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