Residents of Bantayan Island can soon have a more reliable power supply with a new power producer that is set to establish a 24-megawatt power plant in the island.
This development complements the recent reboot of the island’s tourism activities and the scheduled opening of its P100-million airport in December this year.
Fourth District Provincial Board (PB) Member Horacio Paul “Raci” Franco, in an interview, said that with the support of Vivant Corporation, stable energy solutions will be provided to the island through its expertise in off-grid electrification.
“Grabe ang nasinati nga brownout sa Bantayan Island, so magpasalamat ko sa Vivant Corporation for its 17-megawatt power plant with seven megawatts of reserve. Nagsugod na ang construction, so that’s a total of 24 MWs,” Franco disclosed.
“The project worth P1 billion is also seen to create more jobs for the people of Bantayan Island,” he added.
Vivant Corporation, through its subsidiary Vivant Energy, is set to finally lessen the intermittent power outages in the island by meeting power requirements of seven megawatts during peak hours or from 6 am to 8 pm.
“Sa pagbukas sa airport, dako kaayo na og impact sa tourism. I mean dili pa siguro karon kay naa pa may challenges sa pagbiyahe, but moving forward, at least dili na gyud makuwangan og power ang Bantayan Island,” Franco said.
As a small power utilities group (SPUG), Vivant Corporation’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program has provided three one-megawatt generator sets to offset the frequent power interruptions being experienced in the island.
Vivant Corporation combines existing and emerging technologies to develop better energy solutions for industries and institutions, Franco said.
With the revival of tourism-related activities in the Province of Cebu under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) risk classification status, new power producers such as Vivant Energy are expected to boost Bantayan Island all the more, the place being an established major tourist destination.
Existing and emerging technologies to develop further energy solutions for industries and institutions in the island are seen to benefit an estimated population of 80,000.
Vivant Corporation, a Cebuano company, supports the agenda of the Cebu Provincial Government in the reopening of tourism opportunities as a key driver in the resuscitation of local economy and enterprises heavily affected by the restrictions set because of Covid-19.
Franco shared that Vivant’s latest assistance is not the first of its CSR projects as it also donated a 50-kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar power system worth P4 million to Hilutungan Integrated School in the island barangay west of Bantayan town two years ago.
The solar panels powered around 50 computers in the high school computer laboratory and another six computer units in its grade school laboratory.
Providing sustainable power supply in Bantayan Island further complements Vivant’s assistance to the distance learning program of the Department of Education.
Franco said that Vivant has already started its assistance in Bantayan town through the donation of a high-speed risograph (copying machine) worth P150,000 and inkjet toner worth P30,000, as well as 230 reams of bond paper for the reproduction of learning modules for students in Hilutungan.
The ceremonial turnover of these donations is set on Thursday, October 22. (Eleanor Valeros)