Only 240 Megawatt lacking

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

 I write this short blog entry with solar power, although the batteries are only 70% charged because of the cloudy skies. 

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

The power situation in Mindanao is not changing. It is 100% a political crisis. Cooperatives and private energy producers are not allowed to feed power in the network. Because they have no permit from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to run the generators. This government body reviews and supervises power rates and the operations of power utilities.

The Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC), created by Malacañang to oversee efforts to find solutions to Mindanao’s power crisis, has asked the ERC to allow distributors, including cooperatives, to use their generator sets.

Local politicians prefer buying expensive and polluting generator units instead of allowing the feeding of solar energy. On sunny days I have a surplus from 11:30 a.m. to about 4:00 p.m. I am not allowed to give away my surplus energy. Either the guys a the local electricity company do not understand how it works or then they are not allowed to understand.
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Think now – think solar!

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3 Responses

  1. stevensanph says:

    You CAN give away your electric. There is a ERC directive that says providers must allow net metering.

    However, given the issues I am having with getting Meralco to understand this, I am sure your local company will be even more clueless.

    It is a shame – a couple of thousand solar panels on roofs across the islands would solve the power issues.

  2. waebi says:

    I know 3 suppliers of solar power equipment:
    – Meister Solar,, Texas Street, Angeles City
    – Circuits and Beads, Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City
    – Solar Systems,, Unit 505-506, Sugbutel Building
    S. Osmena Blvd. Cebu City

    Currently I have 4 panels at 100Wp. They are serial/parallel to get 24V. The wiring is 6 and 8 mm2, car wires. I am not grid tied, but start to share with neighbors. I am converting 2kW AC for small appliances, the rest goes DC to some 90 LED lamps (3 to 8 LED spots and stripes). Currently I am at 60 kPHP costs (without lamps).

    This installation is a test. If it is successful and more neighbors are interested, then we’ll go up to some kilowatts.

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