Solar Philippines is completing hybrid mini-grids in 12 towns in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for the private sector to contribute to ending energy poverty in the Philippines.
Solar Philippines launched ‘Solar Para Sa Bayan’ to bring 24/7 power to far flung and off-grid towns at a lower cost to consumers and at zero cost to the government.
The company said an estimated 200,000 Filipinos will benefit from these projects, in provinces, including Mindoro, Palawan, Masbate, Cagayan, and Aurora, marking the first time a private company will energize these many households at zero cost to the government.
“Our aim is not to make the most profit, but to help the greatest number of our fellow Filipinos. We hope all other stakeholders will likewise support such initiatives for the DOE to achieve its vision of ending energy poverty by 2022,” said Solar Philippines president and Solar Para Sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste.
The company’s Solar Para Sa Bayan installed Southeast Asia’s largest solar-battery minigrid for Paluan, Mindoro in March, bringing 24/7 power for the first time in the town’s history.