Maharlika Consortium to power 8 underserved areas

By Kris Crismundo

April 3, 2024, 5:13 pm

MANILA – The Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Wednesday that it had awarded the microgrid system service contract (MSC) to Maharlika Consortium to provide power to eight underserved areas in the provinces of Cebu, Quezon, and Palawan.

The DOE awarded the contract to Maharlika Consortium after being the lone bidder in the first round of a competitive selection process (CSP) for a microgrid systems service provider (MGSP).

The consortium is composed of Maharlika Clean Power Holdings Corp. and two Singapore-based firms CleanGrid Partners Pte Ltd. and WEnergy Global Pte Ltd.

“MGSP supports the achievement of 100 percent electrification targets by the end of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,” the DOE said in a statement.

As the winning MGSP, Maharlika Consortium should provide 24/7 electricity services to the eight underserved areas through a mixed microgrid system which could include solar, energy storage system, and diesel generator to be built and operated within 18 months from the execution of the contract with the National Power Corp.

“The rates to be imposed in these areas will be subject to the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission and will be provided with a subsidy under the Universal Charge for Missionary Electrification for a period of 20 years,” the agency added.

The DOE also announced that it will hold the second round of MGSP-CSP for new areas within the year. (PNA)