MERALCO, Korean firm to power Gawad Kalinga community in Cavite

MERALCO, Korean firm

Manila Electric Company’s (MERALCO) subsidiary, MERALCO Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR), has partnered with a South Korean firm to establish an on-grid hybrid power solution in Cavite.

With the goal to power a Gawad Kalinga community in the province, MIESCOR is working with SeoChang Electric Communication Co. Ltd. (SeoChang) to establish a 50-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar photovoltaic (PV) system, a 300-kilowatt hour (kWh) energy storage system (ESS), and three electric vehicles (EV) charging stations.

“Our one-of-a-kind facility creatively promotes the sustainable use of power to bring light to our communities,” said MIESCOR President and Chief Executive Officer Richard O. Ochava, highlighting the project’s innovative technique to sustainable power service. 

One of the goals of the project is to power necessary public structures like multi-purpose halls, streetlights, and development centers.

Aside from the project serving as an energy capital for electric jeepneys, electric tricycles, and electric cars, it would also provide support for used EV batteries to maximize energy distribution to be able to secure reliable electricity for the community.

“We are thrilled to introduce our sustainable ESS solution to this community. Today marks not only the completion of a project but also a new beginning for the ESS industry in the Philippines,” said SeoChang President and Chief Executive Officer Yoon Sung-Hee.

The joint effort between the two firms deepened the commitment of MERALCO to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), focusing on the agenda called “Powering the Good Life”.

MIESCOR orchestrated the engineering, procurement, and construction services for this project, while SeoChang prided itself on developing ingenious technologies like Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and ESS construction. 

PMGROW Corporation, Korean Energy Convergence Association, and Korea Testing Laboratory are some of the Korean firms that also played a part in the fulfillment of the project.