On the island of Malalison, a hybrid pilot project for the installation of a solar photovoltaic system by ANTECO and OREEI was implemented.
Malalison is an island of 55 hectares in the municipality of Kulasi, Antique Province. Residents of the island receive electricity only for 4 hours a day, as most of it is produced by diesel generators. About 160 households on the island pay a higher tariff than on the mainland, where electricity is available 24 hours a day. This is due to the cost of fuel transportation.
As part of the pilot project, the existing diesel power plant is complemented by a solar photovoltaic system. Solar energy generated during the day is then stored in lithium-ion batteries. The system is a 50 kW solar photovoltaic system with a storage capacity of 273 kW/h and is supported by a 54 kW diesel generator. This will provide the islanders with reliable and uninterrupted power supply services around the clock.
“ADB (Asian Development Bank) support for this enterprise is evidence of a desire to make a concrete contribution to achieving the government’s goal of 100% household electrification by 2022 through private sector participation in the energy sector. The success of this project will encourage more investors to participate in electrification using a distributed renewable energy system, which will help achieve the goal of expanding access to energy and inclusive growth”, said Bambang Susantono, ADB Vice President for Management and Sustainable Development.
The total cost of the project is $500 thousand, of which ADB provides two grants in the amount of $100 thousand. ANTECO and OREEI allocate other funds for the production of solar energy in the amount of $125 thousand and $175 thousand, respectively.