State-run National Power Corp. said Friday it would gradually minimize the use of diesel generating sets and fast-track its renewable energy program in the Small Power Utilities Group.
NPC president and chief executive Fernando Martin Roxas said the move came following the direction of Energy Secretary Raphael Lotilla to stop procuring new diesel gensets to lessen the corporation’s dependence on fossil fuels.
“We intend to push for hybridization for existing SPUG and to fully utilize renewable energy with energy storage systems for new areas. This will minimize the losses incurred from rising fuel costs and will eventually make our operations more sustainable,” Roxas said.
NPC said that it would also use and deploy more solar home systems and install wind resource assessment in probable areas for wind farms.
“My ultimate goal is to convert all SPUG areas to 100-percent RE operations. What is good for the environment is likewise good for Napocor,” Roxas said.
NPC awarded contracts for the installation of around 2,600 units of SHS in Maconacon and Divilacan in Isabela, and in various areas in Masbate, Bohol, Dinagat, Sulu and Basilan in 2022.
SHS units including solar panels, batteries, LED lamps, radio and torch lamps with 5V charging ports were distributed to unserved households in SPUG areas.
NPC said it could also lower generation cost over time and minimize carbon emission through RE.
“What is good for the environment is likewise good for Napocor,” he said.