Recently, a team from Project Enkindle and Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities (Seed4Com) came to Malapascua to install renewable energy systems! What a great gift for the island!
This first trip was install a 600-watt pilot hybrid solar and wind powered system in Logon Elementary school, the same school that TSD has been helping to rebuild.
One of TSD’s donors, the Moravian Academy in the USA raised funds that contributed to the installation of this system. The school children managed to raise over $1,000!
Project Enkindle is a medium to long-term rehabilitation plan formed to provide easy to deploy renewable energy solutions that will immediately address the need for electricity in typhoon-affected communities, especially lighting, charging of communication devices, and powering of essential devices. They recognize the need for interim alleviation and long-term sustainability, therefore transition plans for stewardship and integration to a micro-grid in the community will also be in place.
Configuration of 600-watt pilot hybrid renewable energy system:
This hybrid system maximises the utilisation of the abundant renewable energy resources on the island. The turbine harnesses the wind energy especially in the night when the winds are strong, thus complementing the availability of solar energy during the day.
Malapascua Island is not connected to the national grid with its electricity provided by a diesel powered generator run by a private company. Electricity cost on the island is one of the highest in the country at 29PHP/kWh (approx USD $0.65). After Typhoon Haiyan hit the island, the power distribution infrastructure was badly damaged. Despite reconstruction efforts, several communities on the island remain unpowered.
Transporting the materials to Malapascua:
Installation of a 300W solar panel:
Clearing the site for the wind turbine tower:
Driving the anchors for the wind tower into the ground:
The raising of the wind turbine!
The Finished Installation!
Thank you so much to the installation team and also to all the donors, including the Moravian Academy in the United States! What a great gift for Malapascua and we hope this will be the start of more investment in renewable forms of energy on the island!