Off-grid Solar Home System Projects in Philippines丨ILECO III & COTELCO
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.
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has the jurisdiction over 121 Electric Cooperatives (ECs) nationwide. NEA receives fund subsidy from Department of Finance every year to pursue the “national electrification”. The 2019 General Appropriation Act (GAA) Subsidy allocated funds to 5 Electric Cooperatives to encourage their approach to renewable energy. Each of the 5 ECs calls for tender separately to purchase around 1,000 sets of Prepayment Solar Home System (SHS) for their franchised areas.
SINOSOAR together with its local partner companies participated in the tenders in 2019. The project in Iloilo III Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ILECO III) for the supply of 933 sets of SHS and the project in Cotabato Electric Cooperative, Inc. (COTELCO) for the supply of 1063 sets of SHS were awarded to SINOSOAR and its local partner companies. The 50W SHS products for these two projects are both applied with LFP battery and upgraded Vending Management System.
Compared with the 10,000 sets of SHS installed in Mindanao for the World Bank ASEP Window One Project, more than 10 types of solar technology were improved and developed to serve the off-grid end users better. The vending stations of these two projects are both equipped with independent SHS. It enabled the ECs to set the vending points much nearer to the end users.