The Center for Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology (CREATech) will function as a training, demonstration, design, testing, fabrication and assembly, research and development, and human resource enhancement facilities on renewable energy (RE) technologies development for SIBAT’s Community-Based Renewable Energy Systems (CBRES) current and potential project partners. The physical site will be located in a 1.8 hectare land in Bgy. Estrada, Municipality of Capas, Tarlac Province in Philippines.
The demonstration and training facility will be composed of the following:
- A newly-built 196 m2 quadrant-shaped training structure with conference hall, 2 dormitory rooms, staff house, bathrooms and kitchen complete with amenities for training purposes. It would be made of concrete (base wall/flooring) and local materials (e.g., wood, sawali and bamboo). A small room for office purposes is built under the training structure. A blueprint is already drawn for the training house.
The fabrication and assembly shop will try to achieve the following:
- A 36 m2 workshop structure that serves as the main fabrication and assembly shop complete with machines and tools.
- Fabricated/assembled RE parts and post-harvest tools and its performance and reliability including its intended beneficiaries/users.
- Income generated by the sale of assembled and fabricated parts and its utilization.
- Completed RE-related researches and its projected applications (e.g., integrated livelihood/enterprise components powered by renewable energy sources).
The main beneficiaries will target the basic rural sectors that are SIBAT’s current and potential project partners, NGOs, POs, students and advocates and local government units (please see attachment 1 for list of SIBAT’s project areas in the Philippines).
CREATech targets CBRES practitioners – PO leaders/members, development workers, professionals and students – that can learn various RE theories and applications based mostly on SIBAT’s RE experiences.
Participants will mainly came from, but not limited to, SIBAT’s and other CBRES areas of current and potential projects, CBRES advocates, LGUs and academe.
Track Record of SIBAT in Community-based Renewable Energy Systems (CBRES)
Since 1994, SIBAT has implemented community based renewable energy projects in various parts of the country (Northern, Central and Southern Luzon; Central and Southern Visayas; and Central and Southern Mindanao). These on-the-ground experiences have surfaced the crucial need for basic and advanced training program and services for SIBAT’s main thrust in building village level sustainable development (VLSD) communities and in the implementation of community-based renewable energy projects. By constructing CREATech resource and training center, we will be able to institutionalize our organization’s impact and reach by training target RE practitioners, project managers, advocates and groups from across the entire country.
In 1994, SIBAT initiated the development of Community-Based Renewable Energy Systems (CBRES) that provided energy access to remote, off-grid communities. At present, SIBAT had already constructed 38 existing CBRES projects (28 microhydros, 6 solar photovoltaics, and 4 small wind turbines) in different locations in the country, mostly in off-grid, poor, and marginalized farming communities. Currently, it is estimated that there are about less than a hundred CBRES systems in the country today.
These CBRES systems are characterized as decentralized, PO-managed, and providing energy needs of the community being served. Its various applications are for household and village lighting, for pumping potable/household water supply, for irrigation of backyard gardens and farms, and for operating post-harvest processing equipment and small hand tools.
Concrete socio-economic gains of communities include (a) reduced fuel expenses and additional household income through access to renewable energy hence opening up livelihood opportunities; (b) net increase in income translates to the affordability of monthly tariff fees; (c) benefited the women and children, reducing drudgery of manual work such as manual daily rice pounding; (d) increased farm production particularly for MHP projects; (e) improved health and sanitation conditions; (f) improved awareness and conservation of local micro-environment; (g) developed internal motivation in people’s lives; and (h) improved peace and community relations among the villagers.
SIBAT’s expertise in CBRES are wide in range – from technical designing, advisory and supervision to organizational and management advisory in post-installation phases. SIBAT’s capacity to do research (e.g., feasibility studies) is being tapped even by government’s energy programs. The establishment of the CREATech as CBRES resource center for advisory, information, demonstration and training will consolidate these capabilities and allow these to be better accessed by potential proponents of CBRES projects.
The technology appropriateness of CBRES is constantly looked into as measured by its system reliability, adaptive quality, and functionality. CREATech will help disseminate CBRES with these parameters through trainings, and serve as a one-stop shop for advising on CBRES establishment and sustainability.
Also, CREATech will demonstrate CBRES pilot prototypes as a way of providing hands on trainings to local CBRES technicians and operators. Test rigs will also provide a means of testing system reliability and functionality, and workshops will also be developed for local fabrication of parts and accessories.
Project Cost Estimate
The total project cost is in the amount of Eighty Thousand Dollars (US$ 80,000) to put up the 3 components as listed down below.
Construction of the ff:
1. Training & Resource Center Facilities: US$ 50,000
2. Machine Workshop & Equipments: US$ 20,000
3. Dormitory Bldg & Facilities: US$ 10,000
Promotions and Marketing
CREATech Center will be promoted to reach out to target participants through various ways. Brochures and training pamphlets will be produced containing the relevant training courses offered, training facilities and resources available, and the requirements and processes to avail of the training courses.
Online communications will also be utilized such as emails, website development and other online means of information dissemination and promotions.
CREATech will also be promoted within the development community through word of mouth, referrals, networking, conferences, conventions and workshops. Local government units such as league of barangays, municipalities, provincial governors, and even national line agencies will also be approached such as providing them orientation of the training programs during their regular sessions.
To help promote CREATech outside the country is SIBAT’s long-time partner, Green Empowerment (http://www.greenempowerment.org/) who has an international network of sustainable development NGOs around the world (in both the developed and developing countries) that would be interested in attending trainings at the two training centers. Green Empowerment also has extensive experience in organizing international trainings (for example, Green Empowerment, in partnership with Soluciones Practicas, was awarded a three year grant from Toyota to train local governments in Latin America at a similar renewable energy training center in Peru). By attracting an international audience, the training centers will be able to generate additional revenue which will contribute to the financial sustainability of the training centers. Target groups include Japanese, US, and European universities, international NGOs, and individuals looking to learn more about sustainable agriculture and community based renewable energy projects.