September 12 (Renewables Now) - A consortium led by Singaporean renewables infrastructure developer WEnergy Global Pte Ltd (WEG) has won a contract in a tender to build 16 microgrids with solar power components in the Philippine province of Palawan.
In addition to WEG, the Maharlika consortium also includes Maharlika Clean Power Holdings Corp (MCPHC) and CleanGrid Partners Pte Ltd (CGP). This trio, through special purpose vehicle Archipelago Renewables Corporation, has signed a Qualified Third Party (QTP) service contract to build these microgrids in order to energise more than 7,100 households and 300 small local businesses in seven municipalities across the service area of the Palawan Electric Cooperative (PALECO).
The consortium has been contracted to invest PHP 1 billion (USD 17.6m/EUR 17.5m) in the construction of a distribution network that includes 175 km of primary and secondary power lines energised by 3.8 MWp of solar photovoltaics (PV) and 2 MW of diesel generators. The microgrids will also utilise 4.2 MWh of batteries.
"[...] Not only do microgrids facilitate access to electricity of rural communities, they also enable genuine sustainable development and resilience at the community level. The microgrids that we develop can be easily scaled and replicated," stated Atem Ramsundersingh, CEO and Board Director of WEnergy Global.