By John Bello - February 20, 2017
PAGBILAO, QUEZON—A coal-fired power plant here is providing electricity to poor residents through solar power.
Around 145 individuals in Sitio Daungang Pari, a small and secluded community, are the beneficiaries of the 10 watt-peak solar home-lighting systems equipped with two light bulbs, a solar panel and a cell-phone charger.
The residents of the sitio are experiencing the benefits of electricity in their households for the first time, as they received 29 solar-home systems from TeamEnergry Foundation Inc. (Tefi) through its “Light A Home” project, said Ricky de Castro, executive director of Tefi.
“The Light A Home project was conceptualized in order to provide electricity to the underserved communities that do no qualify in the government’s criteria for their electrification program,” de Castro said, adding the program is Tefi’s way of partnering with the government in helping fully energize even the most remote areas of the country.
TeamEnergy Corp. (TEC) runs the 430-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Iba Polo here and was originally Hopewell Power Corp. in the 1990s when it started operation during the administration of then-Gov. Eduardo Rodriguez.
TEC represents one of the biggest Japanese investments in the country, which is run by a predominantly Filipino work force.
Tefi is the social development arm of TEC, a partnership between two Japanese firms: Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Marubeni Corp. It also operates a bigger 1,200 MW coal-fired power plant in Sual, Pangasinan.