TAWI-TAWI – In the municipalities of Sitangkai and Sibutu in Tawi-Tawi, the implementation of Solar Hybrid Project under the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) electrification program is ongoing in order to boost the communities’ source of power.

The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, and Energy (MENRE) – BARMM, through the Energy Management and Development Services (EMDS) with the Energy Plan Technical Working Group from the Ministry’s Technical Services, conducted on 25-26 March 2021 a site visitation and validation for the aforementioned project to ensure that its location is within the suggested limits for proper solar site area.

For Sitangkai and Sibutu, the ongoing installation is for the equipment for the 1MW and 0.65 MW Solar Hybrid Projects, respectively. These are also under the “Renewable Energy Technology to Improve the Value-Added of Seaweeds” (RETS) program.

The RETS project aims to promote Renewable Energy (RE) for energy efficiency and sustainability, and innovations to support livelihood for poor off-grid and un-electrified households particularly in the seaweed producing communities in the island municipalities of Sitangkai and Sibutu.

The two municipalities are currently dependent on their off-grid Diesel Power Plant managed by the National Power Corporation. Through the Solar PV-Diesel Hybrid Energy Generation Technology with a total estimated installed capacity of 1.65 MW, it will provide additional power and electrification for more household connections in both municipalities.

The RETS Project is a partnership among MinDA, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – Philippines, Tawi-Tawi Electric Cooperative (TAWELCO), Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi, Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi, Association of Isolated Electric Cooperatives Inc. (AIEC), Island Light and Water Energy Development Corp. (ILAW), and the Bangsamoro Government, funded by the EU-Access to Sustainable Energy Program (ASEP).
📸: Energy Management and Development Services, BARMM-MENRE