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DOE: Mimaropa has abundant renewable energy resources

ODIONGAN, Romblon (PIA) -- Mimaropa has an abundant and indigenous source of renewable energy that can be used in strategic locations in its five provinces.

This was shared by Dir. Michael Sinocruz, Assistant Director of the Department of Energy (DOE) - Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB), who served as one of the panel discussants of Dagyaw: Open Government Virtual Town Hall Meeting, held on December, virtually via Zoom.

"The DOE is advocating the expanded use of renewable application through the total electrification program, and one of the primary focus of the total electrification program is on solar photovoltaic mainstreaming to support more families gain access to sustainable energy," Sinocruz said.

The total electrification program targets to provide portable solar home systems to more than 9,000 households across Palawan and Mindoro provinces.

As of May 2021, Sinocruz said that DOE has already awarded 43 renewable energy (RE) service contracts in the region with combined potential capacity of more than 300 MW.  These consists of: 5 biomas projects, 2 geothermal projects, 13 hydrothermal projects, 17 solar projects and 6 wind projects.

Dagyaw Townhall Episode 2 discussed Tourism and Livelihood, with subtopics on the potentials of Renewable Energy to address local issues on the power crisis in the region. (screengrabbed from Dagyaw Townhall meeting Episode 2)

The department’s Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP) also aims to provide electricity to almost 6,000 households in Palawan and Marinduque.

The energy department has recently evaluated the Japan-grant project of Romblon Electric Cooperative (Romelco), which is the 50-60 kW power project in Concepcion Island in Romblon, and will be endorsed to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). (MBR/PIA Mimaropa)

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