Two tightly linked Community Projects with a bright future on Camiguin Island

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  1. Raf Ignacio says:

    Hi, thanks for this very informative blog. I’m currently conducting research on the energy sources of Camiguin. I was referred to your site by a YouTube blogger named “Expat in the Philippines”. Would you know: what are the power sources in Camiguin? Does it source power from Cagayan de Oro? Is/was there an operational hydro powerplant there? What are the planned power sources for the island? I believe a diesel power plant is operational at the moment, operated by King Energy Generation, Inc. (KEGI).

    Thanks a lot. I would love to hear your insights. You can also email me at raf.ignacio@gmail.com

    • waebi says:

      Hi Raf,
      The main power source for Camiguin is the STEAG coal power plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental.
      The KEGI Diesel power plant in Balbagon, Camiguin is now operational. But it is too small to supply power for the whole island.
      There are at least some 4 or 5 private solar power installations between 1 and 10 kW. 3 of them are here in Agoho.
      Government speaks about a planned solar power plant in Sagay. But up to now, it’s only words.
      Cheers, waebi

      • Raf Ignacio says:

        Thanks for the information. This is really helpful for my research. I hope you don’t mind if I ask a few more questions:
        1. Which entity sells the power that comes from STEAG? Is it CAMELCO? I imagine the price of electricity must be very high. Are the consumers able to afford the cost of power?

        2. Are there any discussions on establishing a hydro power plant in Camiguin? I believe there is a PSALM hydro power plant in Camiguin but it often has trouble during the summer months. Are there any identified hydro power sites on the island? Are there any ongoing feasibility studies for hydro?

        3. Would you know the names of the companies that run the solar power installations? Do they sell to CAMELCO?

        4. What do you think will be the future of power in Camiguin? What type of power would be most appropriate, affordable, and sustainable?

        Again, thank you so much for your time. I’m very grateful for your insights.

        Raf

        • waebi says:

          Hi Raf,
          That’s a big load of questions. I copy them in my answer.

          1. Which entity sells the power that comes from STEAG? Is it CAMELCO? I imagine the price of electricity must be very high. Are the consumers able to afford the cost of power?
          RE: Yes it is CAMELCO and yes, it is very expensive. Generation charge is PHP 5.9998 per kWh. With all the other charges 1 kWh costs the consumer PHP 15.53!

          2. Are there any discussions on establishing a hydro power plant in Camiguin? I believe there is a PSALM hydro power plant in Camiguin but it often has trouble during the summer months. Are there any identified hydro power sites on the island? Are there any ongoing feasibility studies for hydro?
          RE: I do not have any knowledge of such projects or plans.

          3. Would you know the names of the companies that run the solar power installations? Do they sell to CAMELCO?
          RE: Yes, Mr. Christian Bolz sells his surplus during the day.

          4. What do you think will be the future of power in Camiguin? What type of power would be most appropriate, affordable, and sustainable?
          RE: It is clearly solar power. My own installation produced enough power even during the last 3 cloudy months.
          I once calculated that in rural houses, where one usually finds 1 light bulb plus 1 outlet for a TV set and cellphone charging, a 250 W panel
          with a 80 Ah battery and a 500 W inverter would be sufficient.
          With 1,000 standardized installations the investment would be around PHP 10,000 per installation. Break-even could be reached within 2 years.
          New LED technology further decreases the electrical consumption. With the same consumption one can run today 4 bulbs directly at 12 Volts DC.
          And even more appliances like amplifiers and LED TV sets can also be powered with 12 V DC. This would eliminate the investment and the loss
          of the inverter.

          Cheers, waebi

  2. Raf Ignacio says:

    Hi Waebi,

    Again, thank you so much for the information. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into answering. Maraming salamat!

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