Paang Bundok Solar Water Pump Project Rehabilitation
Last January 19-25, 2011 a technical team composed of SIBAT’s Renewable Energy Technical Manager Chris Alfonso, Electrical Engineer Francis Lacuesta, Agricultural Engineer Jade Angngalao and Community Organizer Myrna Herisano conducted a project site visit to prepare for the technical rehabilitation of the Paang Bundok Solar Water Pumping System.
The visit included a technical survey and monitoring to finalize the design of the major technical components of the project. The findings and technical recommendations which were shared to the community were the following:
There is a need to install a bigger tank in the highest portion of the area for sufficient water distribution to all households;
- Bigger size of cable required in order to minimize the voltage drop due to the distance and also because the pump is a low voltage system; and
- Need to install appropriate (bigger) size pipe to the pump outlet;
- Set up parallel pipe distribution; and
- Need to raise additional project funds.
The project team also took the opportunity to consult and discuss with the Paang Bundok villagers regarding the rehabilitation requirements, local manpower and responsibilities of the PO that will be required for the rehabilitation work and the available funds raised from UP-ERG and through Global Giving.
Initial Rehabilitation Activities during April – May, 2011.
The initial funds available (raised through Global Giving and UP-ERG) were then used to canvass and procure project materials – cement, pipes and electrical materials, and preparatory activities such as inventory of existing materials, checking and fixing all pipelines previously installed. SIBAT engineers have been working on finalizing an appropriate technical design and workplan together with the villagers towards ensuring proper fit and implementation whilst raising more funds necessary for project completion.