Department of Energy turns down proposals to use solar power to ease Mindanao’s power shortage

Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo of InterAksyon.com reports that "the Department of Energy (DOE) has thumbed down proposals to tap solar energy in addressing Mindanao’s power supply woes."

Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo of InterAksyon.com reports that "the Department of Energy (DOE) has thumbed down proposals to tap solar energy in addressing Mindanao’s power supply woes." The report cited Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, who said that "solar power may do more harm than good for Mindanao because using the renewable source could cause electricity rates to shoot up." Petilla was responding to critics who say the government opt for solar power instead of diesel-fired gensets to secure Mindanao’s electricity supply.

 

Petilla went on to explain: "Solar power may be cheaper now given that one of the options that the government is offering is to avail of gensets. However, if we opt for a long-term contract utilizing solar energy, it will eventually be more expensive than the power that will be generated from plants that will go online in 2015."

 

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