THE Department of Energy (DOE), along with partners European Union-Supported Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (EU-Asep) and Team Energy Foundation Inc. (Tefi), will turn over the Productive Use of Renewable Energy (Pure) project in Don Salvador Benedicto town, Negros Occidental Friday, August 6, 2021.
The turnover rites of Pure, which is the fourth pilot project of EU-Asep in coordination with the DOE, will be held in Purok Alindahawan, Barangay Bago.
Under the program, partners provided a solar-powered decorticating machine, 2kW PV system and a building to be utilized by the small communities at the far-flung area in the locality.
This is the first EU-Asep's project installed in the Visayas aimed at supporting the government's efforts to offer solutions toward increasing access to electricity, integrating renewable energy on and off-grid, and promote energy efficiency.
It also aims to increase the income of at least 125 pineapple farming households in the area by installing a solar-powered decorticating machine to process pineapple leaves into quality fiber.
The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco) President Jojit Yap said the project will be turned over to the power distribution utility but will be operated and managed by
Bago Integrated Solar Farmers Association (Bisfa).
Yap said Ceneco, which caters to electric consumers in Don Salvador Benedicto, will provide the necessary support for maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of the equipment.
The DOE and EU-Asep, on the other hand, will provide technical training to the personnel and members of Ceneco and Bisfa, respectively.
"Since the project is not reached by our power lines, the DOE through Household Electrification Program (HEP) powered the community with solar for their homes," she added.
In addition to the Pure project, the
DOE, EU-Asep and Tefi also installed a solar-powered vaccine refrigerator in the town's Barangay Pinowayan.
"This will definitely boost the rural electrification program of Ceneco as the community will have free, clean and renewable energy," Yap said.
She thanked EU-Asep for selecting Don Salvador Benedicto and Bisfa as beneficiaries of the project.
Yap also cited the financial support extended by Tefi and the DOE's technical and non-technical assistance to sustain the project.
She said the National Electrification Administration (NEA) also contributed to the realization of the project, especially in making RE a part of every electric cooperative.
The Ceneco official also emphasized the importance of the municipal government's support to the project seen to impact positively the lives of the people in the community.
Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, officials of project partners and other government agencies including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and town officials are expected to grace the event.