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.