Cagayan De Oro: 1MW Solar Power on Roof of Public Market
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:18 October 2016
The 1-megawatt solar project is on the way on roof of a public market in Cagayan de Oro City. City council member and chair of the CEED, Mark Nacaya said “the entire solar project will be spearheaded by the City Economic Enterprises Department (CEED), which will cover a roof area of 1.2 hectares and potentially generate around 1 megawatt of solar powered electricity installed at the Cogon Public Market here in Cagayan de Oro City. And when this finally becomes operational, it will be the first such project on top of a public market in the Philippines.” Nacaya pointed out that CEED identified this project as an undertaking that would generate sustainable income. "We were looking at a project that would contribute to the total development of the city. So far, the city has always been subsidizing projects with little or no financial return, or something that will contribute to the income of the city. With this one, we are looking at roughly a PhP1-million monthly revenue if we can harness 1 megawatt of power," Nacaya added. The go signal has been approved by Oscar Moreno, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor. Oscar Moreno said "as of the moment, we will be waiting for the technical review from experts, the city engineers and city building office will check the rooftop for structural stability. Then a technical study, review and assessment will be made and finalized and, we hope, after a few weeks it will be finalized and approved.” Marilyn A. Chavez, assistant vice president of Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company, Inc. (Cepalco) expressed her optimism on the proposed project: "This is a welcome news. It will help ease our energy need. Cagayan de Oro City had its first solar power plant back in 2004, with 6,500 solar panels on 2 hectares of land in Barangay Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City. We got it with a grant from Japan and it gives us 1 megawatt of electricity," said Chavez.