Last week, an expert team from the European Union-supported ASEP , the Department of Energy and the Electric Cooperative, DASURECO travelled to the remote community of Sitio Mahayag, Baluntaya, Don Marcelino, Davao Occidental to commission a solar-assisted biomass dryer. The equipment completes the set of solar-powered corn sheller and miller already installed in Mahayag by ASEP late last year. A second offgrid community, Sitio New Mabuhay, Little Baguio, Malita, Davao Occidental – was also provided an abaca spindler at that time. The start-up and operation of the PURE pilots were marked by a Switch On Ceremony in Davao held on November 7, 2018. (See the documentary video below.)

These pilot installations are part of an initiative promoting productive uses of renewable energy (PURE). ASEP is partnering with the private group Team Energy Foundation, Inc (TEFI) which provided grant financing of over Php 5 million to the 2 pilot installations as part of its corporate social responsibility program. The 2 offgrid communities in Davao had earlier received solar home systems (SHS) for lighting under the World Bank’s PV Mainstreaming project that would eventually benefit over 40,500 poor households in Mindanao. A larger scale solar powered equipment was provided by ASEP to improve household incomes and enable them to afford the monthly service fees required by the electric cooperative for the installed SHS. During the recent mission, ASEP also initiated the endline survey that would interview some 1,200 offgrid households in Davao to evaluate the social economic impacts from the SHS installations

 

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