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Sabang Renewable Energy Corporation (SREC) has sought regulatory approval to provide electricity to an off-grid site in Palawan province

The company asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to approve the qualified third party service and subsidy agreement (QTP-SSA) it executed with National Power Corp. (Napocor).

The agreement covers the provision of electricity to Barangay Cabayugan in Puerto Princesa City.

“The current electricity service situation in Barangay Cabayugan is an unregulated and individual system of electrification based on diesel generation,” SREC explained in its application dated May 20.

The company added that there is also no operational power grid in Palawan and while the large hotels run on diesel generators, all other establishments are limited by the availability of power.

Under the QTP-SSA, SREC will provide electricity to around 600 households, 50 small hotels and business establishments, and two mid-sized hotels.

The power will be sourced from a hybrid power facility, which will be composed of a 1.4-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) plant; a 2.3 MW-hour storage batteries; and four 320-kilowatt units of diesel generators.

SREC said the solar farm will involve 5,616 PV panels with a capacity of 250 watt-peak each. Ion batteries will also be used for energy storage.

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