Community-based renewable energy systems (CBRES) are small, decentralized power supply systems that are established through multi-stakeholder efforts distinctly with the significant participation of organized communities in project development, and are owned, managed and sustained by their local organizations. These community-managed systems not only provide lighting for the households, but also provide the energy for food and crop processing and livelihood needs for rural households.
Since 1994, SIBAT has installed 30 community-based microhydro power plants, six (6) photovoltaic water pumping (PVWP), and 4 small wind turbine-solar hybrid systems - considered to be the technology niches of SIBAT in rural RE development.
SIBAT continues to develop, design and build community-based renewable energy systems (CBRES) with an overall goal to further develop the CBRES concept in order to enhance its significance in Philippine rural development, and sustainability as a strategy for rural development. SIBAT strives to make these CBRES projects relevant, appropriate and beneficial to rural poor Filipino communities, and most of these projects are found in Northern Southern Luzon, and in Southern Mindanao where most of the partner communities are indigenous tribal communities living in the uplands.
SIBAT partners with various stakeholders - community and people's organizations, non-government organizations, local government units, research and academic institutions, renewable energy advocates (both individual and organizations) at the local and international levels.
One of our main partners is the Engineers without Borders-UK who has helped us by sending in volunteer engineers that complement our local engineers in project feasibility study, design and installation, capacity building activities, monitoring and documentation activities of these CBRES projects. Currently, we have EWB-UK volunteer engineers namely, Diana Benato-mechanical engineer, Samina Islam and Ryan Sims who are both electrical engineers with experience on renewable energy technologies.
Another important and strategic partner is the Green Empowerment (GE), a US-based international NGO that has been a strategic partner of SIBAT for the past 6 years. GE has been providing assistance to SIBAT in program and technology development, funding support and international dissemination of lessons learned. Furthermore, GE will help establish private sector partners and draw from its extensive US university network to participate and learn from the project activities. These universities will then assist in documentation and lessons learned and spur further additional projects in the target communities.
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