Philippines Smart Solar Network

Developing a commercially viable model of rural electrification, for implementation at scale and across off-grid communities in the Philippines

Context

The Philippines is made of up more than 7,000 islands, many of which lie in hard-to-access regions where the provision of electricity via grid extension is not viable.

Through the Philippines Smart Solar Network project, InfraCo Asia aims to establish a commercially viable model of rural electrification in the Philippines, in order to stimulate greater private sector investment in the sector.

The project works in partnership with the local community to install, operate and maintain smart solar network systems that will generate and distribute electricity to households, small businesses and community centres in the Philippines’ off-grid communities, many of which will be receiving first-time, affordable and reliable, 24/7 access to clean energy.

The Project

The Philippines Smart Solar Network project is developed through the installation of smart grid controllers in combination with off-the-shelf solar and battery storage components.

The pilot phase of the Philippines Smart Solar Network project involved the installation of a smart solar network in San Isidro, Busuanga, Palawan, which currently provides energy to 62 households. The pilot commenced operations in Q3 2019 and serves to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of the rural electrification model.
Development and installation of the pilot was led by InfraCo Asia’s contracted developer, Infunde, with the support of AIEC-ILAW – a joint venture of the Association of Isolated Electric Cooperatives Missionary Green Energy Corporation (AIEC-MGEC) and Island Light and Water Energy Development Corp. (ILAW).

With the successful implementation of the pilot project in Q3 2019, InfraCo Asia and AIEC-ILAW are entering into a joint agreement for the expansion phase – to jointly develop smart solar networks that look to serve approximately 4,000 households, as well as develop a pipeline of potential sites for which further capital will be raised.



Learn more about the impact and the expansion of the Philippines Smart Solar Network project:


Project Overview
Company
Infunde Development Pte. Ltd.
Country
Philippines
Region
Busuanga, Palawan (for the pilot project); Off-grid areas in the Philippines for the expansion
Sector
Power & Energy (Solar)
Size
35MWp (upon expansion of the project to serve 200,000 households)
Status
Pilot phase in operation since Q3 2019
Timeline

Targeted to reach financial close by Q4 2020 for the expansion phase

Total Project Cost
US$ 200 M
Funding Committed
US$ 5.7M
IAI Investment
N/A
Other Shareholder(s)
AIEC-ILAW
Suppliers

One Renewable Energy Enterprise, Inc. (OREEI) – Installation and O&M
Okra Solar Pte. Ltd. – Technology provider (DC Smart Microgrid Controllers)

Development Impact

• ~10,000 people to have improved access to energy in the expansion phase (based on 4,000 households)
• Created 18 jobs for the installation, operation and maintenance of the pilot project
• Expected to create 200 short-term and long-term jobs in the expansion phase

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