Plans to provide Batan
Towns a 24 hour power supply
Wind Hybrid Power
System to be installed
(From Bandillo Batanes Newspaper)
of 2000. Once it becomes operational,
the wind plant project will serve as the main source of energy for Batan
Island. The 640-kilowatt plant will operate in conjunction with the existing
diesel facilities of the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR).
the first time, Batan Island will have 24 hours power supply. This
was disclosed recently by the First Philippine Energy Corporation
(FPEC), a leading provider of renewable energy systems in the Philippines.
According to FPEC, the installation and construction of a remote
wind hybrid centralized power system on Mt. Matarem on Batan Island
will begin any time during the first semester
Power Plant in Basco, Batanes. Present source of electricity for
the Batan Island
The project will be implemented in phases. The first phase consists of
three 80-kilowatt wind turbine generators, an inverter and a battery bank.
FPEC Assistant General Manager Ramon C. Tejero, Jr. said that eight wind
turbines will be put up in the whole system, but only three turbines will
be installed during the first phase.
The whole system will be designed so that it could be expanded by adding
wind turbines capacities as the demand increases," Tejero said. He expects
that in five years, Batan's power demand will increase considerably. He
said that by then, the other five turbines would have been installed.
Though an automated system, the wind power plant will be activated so
that the diesel generators at the NAPOCOR plant can be subsequently shut
down. During periods of high power demand, the battery storage and wind
turbines will work back-to-back with the diesel generators of NAPOCOR.
This combination can be adjusted depending on the available wind power
and power demand.
FPEC said it will put special emphasis on the long-term reliability of
the power system and sustainability of electric service on Batan Island.
"The challenge for us now is to demonstrate the reliability, sustainability
and cost-effectiveness of alternative sources of energy like solar and
wind," Tejero said.
At present, the electric power requirements of Brgy. Chavayan in Sabtang
is being provided by a solar power source. A number of households in Sumnanga
and Nakanmuan, also in Sabtang, are powered with solar energy systems.
The prospect of putting up alternative power sources in Batanes started
way back in 1997 when Batanes Representative Florencio B. Abad proposed
to NAPOCOR and the Department of Energy (DOE) the installation of a renewable
hybrid system in Batanes.
Abad, who worked on the P67 million funding for the project, noted the
significant reduction and eventual elimination of government subsidy for
Batanes' energy requirements if the alternative energy source is implemented.
At present, government subsidy for electrification amounts to P10.6 million
pesos. A study by FPEC revealed that this subsidy will be reduced by as
much as 22% if a renewable energy system is made available to the province.
Abad also said that Batanes can become a model of alternative sources
of energy for Island electrification- "If we can do it in Batanes, I am
sure we can do it anywhere else," he said.
The Congressman added that the adoption of alternative sources of energy
like solar and wind power system will lessen the environment hazards of
a diesel -powered electric generating system. "This power innovation complements
the environment conservation schemes being adopted by Batanes since alternative
sources of energy like solar and wind are guaranteed to be more environment
and natural resources friendly," he explained. In 1994, Batanes was declared
as a protected area site under the National Integrated Protected Area
Systems (NIPAS) Act.
With 24-hour power service on mainland Batan, Abad is hoping for the improvement
of the overall social and economic conditions in Batanes. He also hopes
that business activities will be greatly stimulated and sustained
The first province-wide electrification project was inaugurated in Batanes
in 1989. At present, the power supply on the Batan Island works for 16
hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight.