Off-grid Solar Home System Projects in Philippines丨YAMOG

Time

2020

Project overview

The Philippines has a population of over 100 million. Till December 2019, there was about 1.8 million households across the country living without electricity. Most of the off-grid households are located in small islands of Visayas and far-flung mountainous villages of Mindanao. President Rodrigo Duterte started to push for the “rural electrification strategy” ambitiously in 2016, and the objective is to fulfill the “total national electrification” within his presidency till 2022.

In 2019, European Union has funded 7 projects in the central and southern part of Philippines to promote the use of renewable energy. In this batch of projects, most of the organizations who received EU funds are NGOs. Some of the 7 projects are in line with the “rural electrification program” of Department of Energy.

In 2020, YAMOG Renewable Energy Development Group Inc., the Davao based NGO called for international open bid with EU fund for the supply of 2,938 sets of Prepaid Solar Home Lighting System to three Electric Cooperatives: Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (NORDECO), Davao Del Sur Electric Cooperative (DASURECO), and Cotabato Electric Cooperative (COTELCO). The name of this EU ASEP Project is “Improving the Lives of People in Off-Grid Communities in Mindanao Through the Provision of Sustainable Energy”.

SINOSOAR participated in the bid as an international bidder with its unique solar home system products and won the bid. Two of the three beneficiary ECs, DASURECO and COTELCO, are overlapped ECs in World Bank ASEP Window One which had installed 5,000 sets of SINOSOAR Solar Home System in 2018. The upcoming upgraded solar home systems will electrify more off-grid population under their franchised areas. The project will be a milestone of SINOSOAR’s development in the Philippines, making SINOSOAR become the No. 1 supplier of prepaid solar home system in this island neighbour country. 

Project significance

  • The project could supply stable power for the people living in off-grid areas of Philippines, and it solves the basic power demand of the people in these areas;

  • The project provided sustainable, safe and environmentally friendly electrical equipment;

  • The project had solved largely the unemployment problems in the off-grid areas of the Philippines;

  • The project had brought up local photovoltaic technology talents through professional training to them;

  • The project is managed with off-grid prepayment system, which will bring sustainable incomes to the local electricity companies;

  • The functions of the prepayment products had been improved and upgraded to accommodate the local environment and service better the end users;

  • The provides a perfect power solution for the remote areas of the Philippines to realize the national electrification in the near future, and it will stimulate the implementation of a large number of similar projects.

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