Guv welcomes alternative power players

IMG_6887The provincial government welcomed the influx of power stakeholders interested to give Cebu alternative energy reserves.

“Para nako, I welcome this kay we need other sources of energy,” Governor Hilario P. Davide said in an ambush interview on Wednesday (January 15) at the Capitol.

Recently, two separate groups expressed interest to build clean and renewable energy in the province.

Kazunori Suzuki, president of Japanese firm Gaby Co., Ltd. met with Davide and asked for his support on the photovoltaic generation system’s field that they are interested to put up in Cebu.

Gaby applied for accreditation with Japan International Cooperation Agency, which will implement the project through its Official Development Assistance (ODA) program organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government.

The Japanese government will fund the project and help the local government units put up the solar power system. However, the condition is it shall be established in areas where there is no power yet.

According to Provincial Board Member Grecilda Sanchez-Zaballero, the company is now scouting LGUs that would be considered for the project.

Sanchez said the responsibility of the LGU under this program is to connect the power supply to the household. The size of the power system would be dependent on the size of the identified barangay.

Davide said the offer is quiet timely as the province is looking for alternative sources of power.

Gaby is a Japanese firm that deals with sales and installment of the photovoltaic generation systems in Japan. It has branch offices in Saipan and Guam, USA.

Meanwhile, Amihan Energy Corporation (AEC) informed Governor Davide that they would establish their wind farm in the highlands of Balamban, Toledo City, and Sudlon II, Cebu City.

AEC, the MudajaBerhad of Malaysia and Dongturbo Electric Company Ltd. of China briefed the governor of their plans the other day.

The wind farm is said to produce about 200 megawatts of power. Its construction will be done in two to three months and hopes to produce electricity before the year ends. Xerxes Alkuino