By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – Three towns in the northern part of Iloilo province are eyeing to harness natural sources of energy.
This after the provincial government of Iloilo, led by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., inked a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) for the Development of Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS) Project.
The DREAMS Project of DOE, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Iloilo province is looking at tapping renewable energy sources in the towns of Ajuy, Carles and Concepcion.
While there are some solar energy utilized by schools and local residents, DOE Undersecretary Felix Fuentebella said the DREAMS Project aims to commercialize renewable energy sources such as wind, hydro, biomass, or geothermal while making it readily available for communities.
Mayors Jett Rojas of Ajuy, Seigfredo Betita of Carles and Raul Banias of Concepcion have to lead the local governments in creating spatial plans to identify what type of renewable energy is suitable for the respective towns.
Northern Iloilo is looking for alternative and environmentally friendly power sources.
Concepcion town is where a 135-megawatt coal-fired power plant of Palm Concepcion Power Corp. (PCPC), a subsidiary of A Brown Company, is located.