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Aboitiz-Amore partnership brings solar power to small communities

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Aboitiz Foundation has forged a partnershipwith AMORE3-Winrock International to energize 400 households in remote rural villages in Davao through the use of portable solar power units.

In a signing ceremony last 21 March, JonRamon Aboitiz for Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. and Bill Howley, EnvironmentGroup VP for Winrock International committed to bring the convenience ofelectricity to far-flung communities in Toril district, Davao City andSta. Cruz, Davao del Sur which are not reached by power lines.

Mr. Aboitiz said the corporate foundationof the Aboitiz Group together with the different business units in Mindanao,for many years, have been pouring resources and energy to fund communityprojects in the areas of education, public health, infrastructure as wellas environmental protection and rehabilitation.

In fact, the rural electrification projectwith Amore is not new. In 2004, Amore and AboitizPower subsidiary DavaoLight and Power Co. established a solar charging station and installedstreet lights in Marilog District in Davao City.

This new set of projects will be implementedby Amore through Davao Light, the power distribution company servicingDavao City and surrounding towns and cities-- and Therma South Inc. (TSI),which is building a 300-MW clean coal power plant in southern Davao City.

Benjie Cariaso, Chief Operating Officer ofTSI, said that while the company aims to provide, reliable, efficient andresponsible power to the customers in the Mindanao grid, isolated off-gridcommunities especially in Davao City and Davao del Sur, must also be supported.
“AboitizPower and Therma South see the successof our project not only in terms of the business we generate but the changeswe inspired in our host and surrounding communities,” he said.

Cariaso added the portability and convenienceof solar power makes it an ideal source of energy for isolated rural andoff grid communities.

“We are one of the country’s biggest producersof renewable energy. AboitizPower will always pursue renewable energy aslong as they are available and feasible. In this case, the relatively smallercapacity of solar energy is ideal in providing the basic electricity needsfor small and rural communities,” he said.

Distribution of some 170 stand alone PV solarhome systems and 256 solar lanterns will channeled through Barangay RuralEnergy and Community Development Association (BRECDA), while AMORE3-Winrockwill work on preparing the community in operating and taking care of theproject.

According to Art Milan, Chief Operating Officerof Davao Light, solar electricity will power lights will make the communitiessafer especially at night. Students can now study at night while creatinglivelihood capacity through micro-entrepreneurship. It will also pave wayfor income generation for BRECDA.

“Solar electrification is part of the sustainabilityadvocacy of the Aboitiz Group that seeks to promote and advocate the useof renewable energy. The solar technology will light up communities andimprove their general well-being and in consequence achieve a balance ofpeople, profit and planet,” Milan said.




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0 #1 Portable Solar 2012-05-02 12:09
Very cool project that they have going on there. Its nice they are doing this for the people who need the power the most.

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