Friday, July 21, 2017

Gov Marcos eyes community-owned powerplants for Ilocanos

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said she wants to ensure that land used for renewable energy projects in Ilocos Norte is eventually turned over to Ilocano farmers for ownership.

The Ilocos Norte politiko said this during the Asia CEO Forum last March 8.

The province is home to three windfarms and a 7-megawatt solar farm.

“We are trying to reduce the intermittence of the renewable sources. Sometimes there’s no wind, so the solar kicks in,” Marcos said.

She added that her long-term goal is to have community-owned power plants.

“We have one small 1MW plant that’s now powering up about five barangays. We are hopeful that in the future they will be owned by the farmers because after all, the land belongs to them,” Marcos said.

The Ilocos Norte provincial government is looking to produce an alternative for energy production while also minimizing damage to the environment.

Marcos said the provincial government is committed to be coal-free, especially since Ilocos Norte has a wealth of wind and solar resources.

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