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Mayor open to town’s potentials for RE
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

The mayor of Paracelis, Mountain Province is inviting developers of renewable energy sources to explore the potential of his town.

Although its predominant source of livelihood is agriculture, Mayor Marcos Ayangwa said the town can have other sources of income if its rivers are tapped potentially for run-off river mini hydro power plants.

Ayangwa recently met with a representative of Hedcor, a company that specializes in generating renewable energy from run-off river hydropower systems, for a site inspection.

Potential mini hydro sources are the Sifu, Mallig, and Amulong rivers.

Sifu River is at present a tourist spot identified as an ideal site for white water rafting.

Ayangwa said at present, only a small-water impounding project has been undertaken by the National Irrigation Administration at Sifu River.

He recalled that there were plans in the past to build a mini hydro plant at the area but because of the difficulty of obtaining a free, prior and informed consent, the plan was shelved. 

Ayangwa said Paracelis is also an ideal site to establish a solar farm. With its vast low-lying fields, he said the ideal sites are those that are near the town’s boundary with Isabela.

He said if there are companies willing to invest in building a solar farm in the town, the community could use the energy produced to light their streets and possibly even sell some to the grid where the local government and the company can come up with a profit sharing scheme.

Ayangwa said energy produced by the proposed solar can also be used for irrigation.

Paracelis is a second-class town in the eastern part of the province. It is a border town where it shares borders with Kalinga, Isabela and Ifugao.


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