Micro Hydro Power for 1,000 People in Philippines

Rice field in Datalnay
Rice field in Datalnay

As of June 2010: The community has been suffering from food shortage for the last couple of seasons due to climate extremes, which has caused out migration of some people to look for odd jobs and food. The condition has affected the number of people working in the project, and therefore the pace of progress.

However, the turbine & generator, and the post harvest facility are now in place and functioning.

The system is still short of funds to install electricity lines throughout the villages. School electrification was decided as the top priority by the community. A new school building has been completed close to the power house (where the turbine and generators are located) and receives electricity, which enables adult literacy classes at night..

Capability-building (trainings) on the electrical plant and Post-harvest facility are happening right now. Food production and agroforestry will be given attention for the rest of the year. Food production activities will progress from the vegetable gardens to irrigated rice systems to increase food security in the villages.

Trek to Dlumay
Trek to Dlumay

The canals and silt basin are completed, although a landslide slowed progress in August.

The electro mechanical devices have been hauled to the site but have not been mounted yet in the power house because of inability to haul as many cement and steel bars as needed during the last visit. Cement blocks are built locally, as it would be too difficult to carry them all the way from town. The powerhouse installation should be complete in the first quarter of 2010.

The German Embassy helped finance the corn mill equipment, and the villagers gave higher priority to having the mill operational rather than building transmission lines to all the houses for lighting. Transportation of the mill to the site is being organized.

In addition, as illiteracy is very high, a temporary building was built nearby, that will serve as school.

Plans for the next few months, • Engineering construction (visit 4) o Finish lectromechanicals foundation setting and construction of powerhouse floor o tailrace construction o installation of turbine, electromechanicals o penstock layout and jointing • Community work: o Community constructs anchor blocks and slope stabilization o hauling of milling equipment • Engineering construction (visit 5) o weir construction o testing and commissioning of MHP system o installation of milling equipment o operations and management training

The accompanying pictures will show how difficult it is to reach the site and haul material all the way there. The “8 hr hike” is actually more like 16 to 20hrs for a Westerner.

Trek to DLumay
Trek to DLumay
School with dirt floor
School with dirt floor

As of August 4, 2009, the turbine and generator had cleared customs in Manila and were being sent on their final ship to General Santos in Mindanao. From there, they will need to be transported to the site, by truck then on foot for many hours depending on the status of the roads and paths after the recent tropical rains and typhoons.

The villagers are patiently but eagerly awaiting the equipment.

We hope to receive photos soon and be able to post them. Thanks to our donors, and feel free to let us know if you have any comment or question on this project.

As of February 2009, the turbine and generator are to be shipped soon to the island of Mindanao. It's only now into the dry season, that the arduous hike to the installation site is feasible with this heavy load. It normally takes 8 hours to the physically fit locals to hike there from the closest road, so hauling this will take a lot of work and would be impossible during the rainy season.

Villagers who will benefit from the micro Hydro electric plant
Villagers who will benefit from the micro Hydro electric plant

As of July 2008, the following activities have started and will be on-going: * Social preparation (organizing for construction, management, maintenance); * Sustainable agriculture training and implementation to improve food supply to the population; * Deeds of parcels to the community organization for all land necessary for civil works, including the power house that will house the turbine and generator; * Local (endemic) seedling collection, tree nursery development, and tree-planting to protect the watershed.

As of August 10, 2008, the custom-made turbine and generator assembly have been built by our generous in-kind donor Canyon Hydro. Shipment to the Philippines will happen once the importation red tape is cleared.

The necessary civil work (weir, canal, piping, penstock, etc.) is scheduled to be completed with help of the villagers by December 2008. Site installation of turbine & generator is scheduled for the first half of 2009, with the test run in June 2009.

Complementary funding is still sought for the corn mill equipment.

2008 Activities Plan
2008 Activities Plan
Sustainable fields to better feed the villagers
Sustainable fields to better feed the villagers

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Michel Maupoux

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Portland, Oregon United States

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