Grid Scale, Solar

Solar Systems to be Provided to 1,200 Homes in The Philippines

PENNINGTON, New Jersey – A U.S. company will install 1,200 solar electric systems in the Philippines, in a contract worth $600,000. WorldWater Corp. is an engineering company that uses solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to generate electricity and to provide clean water from solar-powered pumps. The New Jersey firm specializes in developing countries. It has signed an agreement with Cebu Electric Cooperative (CEBECO), a utility in the Province of Cebu, to install the solar home electrification systems. The initial phase of the project is valued at $600,000, with a total Cebu program estimated at $40 million. “This project is the first segment of a full Energy Services Company joint venture which we expect to form with CEBECO,” says Guido Delgado of of WorldWater Philippines and the former President of the National Power Corporation of the Philippines. There are 75,000 homes that have no access to electricity within CEBECO’s territory, and WorldWater officials say the project is designed to provide 100 percent coverage within the region. “Under terms of the agreement with Cebu Electric Cooperative Inc., the Company is partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratories of the U.S. Department of Energy, which has entered into a three-way memorandum of understanding with WorldWater and CEBECO,” explains WorldWater chairman and CEO Quentin Kelly. “The systems will include solar panels, lamps, batteries, control units and wiring for each installation and the project will include community capacity building and cost recovery.” “This project will serve as a model not only for CEBECO, but also for the whole nation of about 7,000 islands, where 50 percent of all unelectrified homes are expected to use solar energy and other renewable energy technologies,” adds Francisco Silva, president of CEBECO. This project is in addition to a project valued at $20 million to bring drinking water to 100,000 people in 150 villages in Cebu. WorldWater earlier agreed to supply water to all the islands in the southern province of Sulu, in a contract estimated at $30 million over three years. “Cebu Electric Cooperative holds the electric distribution utility franchise in the southern part of the province and plans to use solar power technologies to provide electricity for lighting and other purposes to communities in its coverage area,” adds Kelly. “Selecting our Company as contractor for this major project shows Cebu Electric’s confidence in WorldWater’s ability to assist CEBECO in technical expertise in the field of solar energy, project financing and commitment to social capacity building.” The company produces the AquaSafe(TM) and AquaMax(TM) solar water pumps, which officials say can deliver water in volumes from 5 to more than 2,000 gallons per minute.