NIA, NEW CANAAN ENERGY TO HARNESS SOLAR ENERGY FOR PANGASINAN’S IRRIGATION PROJECT

November 21, 2023, 2:46 PM

NIA Central Office – NIA Acting Administrator Engr. Eddie G. Guillen and New Canaan Energy Resources Corporation President Alfonso C. Gillego signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the development of canal-top solar in the NIA Agno River Integrated Irrigation System located in Rosales, Pangasinan on November 20, 2023 at NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building B.

The MOU Signing aims to pursue the development of solar farm for utility size power generation by utilizing the canal-top (“canal-top solar”) in an area which has the potential to have the feasibility of sustainable operations in the Agno River Integrated Irrigation System. Also, this initiates a full blown study to determine its financial, socio-economic, and technical viabilities as well as the most cost effective development, construction, and operation of the power generation component in the Project.

As the NIA continues to utilize the full potential of its irrigation systems as multipurpose water resources projects for power generation, flood control, domestic water supply, agro-tourism, and aquaculture, the Agency harnesses the use of solar energy as the most accessible and economically viable renewable energy source to help our Filipino farmers.

The Agno River Integrated Irrigation System, situated in Pangasinan, Region 1,  has a Firmed-Up Service Area of 18,162 hectares and benefitting 24,298 farmers and their families. A total of 101 Irrigators Associations (IAs) harvest the benefits of the said project.

Also present during the event were NIA Head Executive Assistant Atty. Kyle Merill S. Adap, NIA Legal Services Acting Manager Atty. Riza A. Ibañez, China Machinery Engineering Corporation Country Representative Eric Liu, Blueleaf Energy Country Head Christopher Chua, Yuri Allado of New Canaan Energy Resources Corporation, and other key personnel of NIA and New Canaan Energy.

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