No Power in Mindanao
Last night, around 03:00 a.m. it started to get warm in the bedroom. The fan didn’t work anymore. Reason: Brownout.
The whole Mindanao Power Grid failed. Mindanao and associated islands were simply a black spot on the map.
More than five hours after the lights went out, no officials had an explanation for how the power died over such a vast area of the country. And for how long it will last.
Here in Camiguin we had power just for the breakfast coffee. After we had to play on batteries again. At 01:18 p.m., 70% of the grid had been back to its original capacity – at least officials said.
During the whole afternoon in the brightest sunshine we had power. But since 06:18 p.m. we are again sitting in the dark. We have the dark feeling that it will be dark tonight again.
Fortunately we invested some pesos a year ago and installed solar panels, batteries and all over the house LED lamps. This LED lamps are consuming nearly no power, so one battery charged at 100% can supply enough power for 3 days of brown-out.
We will invest a bit more now. So we can operate fans and refrigerators with solar power. Off discussion are heavy power consumers such as aircon, water-heaters and standard light bulbs.
And now the big question. Why do local governments still invest in diesel and coal power plants? The retail price for photo-voltaic solar panels is now down to about 9000 Pesos per 100 Watt panel. If the government agencies could get together, they could order megawatts for a really fair price, say 50 to 60 pesos per Watt.
Or maybe the President’s office could trade fish against power. Why not? Pinoys and Chinese would smile again at each other. Solar panels do not smell
And there is one good thing with these brownouts. Internet cafes cannot afford neither generators nor solar panels. So the gambling kids, consuming megabits of bandwidth for their silly on-line games, are off-line. And I get enough bandwidth to write this blog entry.