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EU provides approximately 30K houses in Mindanao with solar energy.

In addition to the 10,000 households that have already been equipped with solar home systems (SHS) since the program’s launch in 2019, the European Union (EU) is supplying energy to an additional 30,500 residences in Mindanao.

The SHS units were formally handed over to recipient homes of five electric cooperatives in Bukidnon, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur, Cotabato, and South Cotabato on Monday, according to a statement from the EU, World Bank, and Napocor.

The project is a component of the wider 3.83 billion Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP) of the EU and was made feasible by a grant worth PHP1.06 billion.

A radio, a torchlight, a charge controller with lithium-ion batteries able to power at least four LED bulbs, a 50-watt peak solar panel, and USB ports for charging mobile devices are all included in each SHS package.

The bulk purchase, delivery, and installation of these 30,500 SHS units to households within the franchise areas of Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative Inc. (BUSECO), Sultan Kudarat Electric Cooperative Inc. (Sukelco), Davao del Sur Electric Cooperative Inc. (Dasureco), South Cotabato II Electric Cooperative Inc. (Socoteco II), and Cotabato Electric Cooperative Inc. were the duties of Napocor as the ASEP’s implementation agency (Cotelco).

In terms of connection, billing, collection, operation, and maintenance, the SHS units are a component of these electric cooperatives’ systems.

The beneficiary families now have the same rights and obligations as those connected to the electric cooperatives’ distribution system, according to the statement, “with the legal transfer of the SHS equipment.”

Melchor Ridulme, the officer in command of Napocor, congratulated the World Bank and the EU for funding the project’s implementation and cited the initiative as the reason why the Philippine government decided to use public funds to distribute SHS units in its minor power utility groups.

The initiative, according to Ridulme, “has been effective in many ways. We have provided isolated households in these areas with sustainable, safe, and clean energy, and we have enhanced photovoltaic technology talents through professional training to our electric cooperatives.”

Christoph Wagner, chief of cooperation for the EU Delegation in the Philippines, declared that the EU is “committed” to assisting the country’s efforts to advance access to energy and promote sustainable sources of energy.

Wagner said, “We are proud to have funded this initiative that directly addressed isolated and vulnerable people, offering a sustainable solution to a basic need like access to energy.”

Luc Véron, the EU ambassador to the Philippines, visited Siargao in August as part of a four-day outreach effort to the island’s inhabitants to offer aid for humanitarian and development causes.

Eight months after Typhoon Odette, Véron made his fourth outreach trip to the nation.

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