LISTED energy company Vivant Corp. and its consortium partners said on Tuesday that they target to complete next month the construction of a hybrid mini-grid system that will generate up to 2.6 megawatt-peak (MWp) in an off-grid area in Palawan.

The consortium Sabang Renewable Energy Corp. (SREC) is putting up a hybrid power plant, which combines solar panels and diesel engines, and operate an electricity distribution system within a tourist destination in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

“We are not merely installing four diesel engines and a 1.4-MWp solar energy system. We’ve been building our own grid from the ground up, and erecting electrical poles and cables spanning 14 kilometers since April 2018,” said SREC Chairman Emil Andre M. Garcia in a statement.

SREC is a consortium comprised of Vivant Corp. unit Vivant Energy Corp., Gigawatt Power, Inc. and WEnergy Global Pte. Ltd.

Under optimal conditions, SREC said the hybrid plant will generate as much as 2.6 MWp once completed. This will allow the mini-grid to provide power to around 10 public buildings, 18 small businesses, 19 hotels and restaurants, and 583 households, it added.

“Due to high costs and lack of infrastructure, a number of remote rural areas in the country still have no electricity. Some of these areas rely on generators that are harmful to the environment and expensive in the long run,” the consortium said.

“Sitio Sabang in Barangay Cabayugan, where the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park is located, is one of these areas,” it added.

SREC said it is set to complete the construction of its hybrid mini-grid system in May 2019. The system will provide stable, reliable and renewable energy that will power further growth in Cabayugan, it said.

Mr. Garcia, who is also a member of the Vivant Corp. board, said by combining solar panels and diesel-fueled power generation, SREC would save the environment from more than 25,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

“We want to provide Sitio Sabang and Barangay Cabayugan with reliable electricity 24/7 at the most competitive rate possible,” he said. — Victor V. Saulon