NIA, Quezon City – The National Irrigation Administration and Nascent Technologies Corp., yesterday, have agreed to develop and construct the 0.4 Megawatts (MW) Barit Irrigation Discharge Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP).
Approved by the NIA Board last March 2017, the mini-hydro project is set to generate at least 400 kilowatts of electricity. It is located in Brgy. Sta. Justina East, Buhi, Camarines Sur with the project cost pegged at Php27.6 million.
The project was awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the terms of Renewable Energy Act of February 2, 2010.
NIA and Nascent, in 2012, had their re-negotiation to increase the service fee rate and the inclusion of water protocol to avoid flooding incidents in their respective areas of operations.
According to Engr. Edwin Ramos of CamSur IMO, the Barit Mini-Hydro will use the irrigation water being discharge to the existing RIDA main discharge chute and diverting it to the main power canal of Barit mini-hydro.
“It will directly flow to the power house to supply the needed full load flo
w to produce electricity”, he added.
As stipulated in the MOA, Nascent will pay NIA a service fee equivalent to six (6) percent of the gross revenue of the power station.
NIA believes that developing potential sites from its existing irrigation structures/systems for hydroelectric power generation is one of the ways to further utilize the water efficiently and productively.