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Catanduanes to Fully Bank on Hydro Power

The electricity requirements of Catanduanes will soon be fully met after officials recently inaugurated two new hydropower projects in the underdeveloped island province. Local officials said that the two plants—owned and operated by Sunwest Water and Electric Company Inc., or Suweco—were built at a total cost of P540 million, collectively making them the biggest private sector investments in Catanduanes so far. Once fully operational, the three power plants in Catanduanes can meet 100 percent of the island’s 6.5-megawatt power demand, said Elizaldy Co, chairman of the Sunwest Group of Companies, which owns the power firm. When this happens, Catanduanes will be the first province in the Philippines to fully utilize ‘green’ energy. The two plants, with a combined capacity of 3.6 megawatts, went on line last week. Together, they supply more than half of the entire province’s power requirements. Further expansion of another 3 MW will commence once transmission lines are fully re…

Inauguration of the PAGASA Radar Station and the Solong and Hitoma 1 Mini-Hydropower Plants

President Benigno S. Aquino III led the inauguration and unveiling of market of the newly constructed PAGASA weather radar station in Barangay Buenavista, Municipality of Bato, Catanduanes and the ceremonial switch-on of Solong and Hitoma 1 Mini-Hydropower plants owned and operate by Sunwest Water and Electric Co. Inc. (SUWECO). The President was accompanied by Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras and DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. The state-of-the-art Doppler radar was granted through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for the improvement of Meteorological Radar Systems in the country. The completion of the project will result in the improved accuracy of forecast and the timeliness of warnings in order to minimize human casualties and damages to properties due to the occurrences of weather disturbances and the associated floods and landslides. While the ceremonial switch-on of the Solong and Hitoma 1 mini-hydropower plants will produce 2.1 megawatts and 1.5 megawatt…