Palawan Solar Hybrid Power

A hybrid solar-diesel-battery storage solution to Palawan’s energy crisis

Context

The Palawan province in the Philippines has faced a decade-long struggle with unstable energy access, characterised by continuous power outages (occurring two to three times daily) and unscheduled total or scheduled partial blackouts. This energy crisis has caused significant disruption to the livelihoods of 850,000 people, their local economy and administration.

Through the Palawan Solar Hybrid Power project, InfraCo Asia aims to help the province achieve energy independence by:
● Providing an alternative to the current independent power providers (IPPs) that supply energy to Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO), the provincial electric cooperative;
● Reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels, used by the IPPs, by introducing a source of clean energy.

The project looks to supply 24/7, affordable and reliable access to energy to people in Palawan. If the solar-diesel-battery model proves successful, the project has the potential to spur greater private sector investment in innovative, clean energy solutions for the Philippines.

The Project

The Palawan Solar Hybrid Power project is a hybrid solution comprising solar (20MWp), diesel (18MW) and battery storage (3MWh) components. It will be the first utility-scale solar installation in Palawan and aims to reduce the province’s dependence on the burning of fossil fuel for energy generation through its introduction of renewable solar and battery storage components.

When constructed, the project is expected to provide improved access to energy for around 140,000 people in Palawan province, via the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO).

Project Overview
Company
Global Clean Hybrid Energy Corp. (“GCHEC”)
Country
Philippines
Region
Palawan, Region of MIMAROPA
Sector
Power & Energy (Hybrid)
Size
20MWp solar, 18MW High Speed Diesel and 3MWh battery energy storage solution
Status
Under development
Timeline

Expected financial close in Q1 2020

Total Project Cost
US$ 49.5M
Funding Committed
US$ 1.51M
IAI Investment
N/A
Other Shareholder(s)
PowerSource Group Development Corporation
Suppliers

● NS Ymasa Power Consultancy – Grid Impact Study
● Apercu – Environmental Compliance Certificate
● Tractebel – Feasibility Study
● Tripple E – Geotechnical Study
● Band of Manda Bros, Inc.- Topographic Study
● King and Spalding – Legal Counsel (International)
● Puno Law Office – Legal Counsel (Local)
● Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon and San Jose Law Office – Loan and Security Agreements

Development Impact

● ~140,000 people expected to benefit from improved access to affordable and reliable energy
● Expected to create around 150 jobs during construction and 30 jobs during operations

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