13 Oct Cagayan de Oro to Install 1-Megawatt Solar Power Project in Cogon Market, the First in the Country
To cover an area of 1.2 hectares, a 1-megawatt solar power project will be installed at the Cogon Market of Cagayan de Oro to be led by the City Economic Enterprises Department (CEED). It is considered to be the first in the country according to the city officials.
Currently, the committee in economic enterprise is studying the technical viability and structural integrity of the roof as said by the chair of the committee City Councilor Ian mark Nacaya. He added that the project would as well raise an income of at least P1 million every month to the city government and not only provide additional power supply to the city. “Kung galing makaproduce ta ug solar power, we will send it to Cepalco (Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company) so pwede nato ma-offset ang atong expenses sa power sa Cogon, and the excess of that will then be automatically sold to Cepalco and then the city can generate income from that.”
Nacaya also said that they are identifying other areas to implement the same project “kay libre baya ang init sa sun, so imaximize nalang nato gyud ang libre” and that they are to invest one at a time since the solar panels have 25 years warranty.
Bidding for companies who are willing to provide the supply of solar panel equipment will soon be opened, and as said by Nacaya, “Atong ibid out ang mga equipment, so far naa na kitay duha ka bidder, and we are expecting more bidders will come to us.”
The said project is expected to be completed next year, however, Nacaya did not provide details regarding with the project’s cost.
This initiative from the enterprise department gained praises from City Mayor Oscar Moreno for coming up with a renewable energy source for electricity. Moreno vowed that his support will be given to more projects that will gain revenue and mostly, benefit the residents here in the city.
Sourcing from the supplemental budget worth P1.18 billion which was approved in August of this year, 2016, a total of P17 million was allotted for CEED by the city government urging the sector to provide a clean and orderly market for sellers and buyers, plus the approval of an additional funding for the said project.
It is known that Cogon Market is one of the busiest and congested markets in the city where there have been reports of robbery and property damages. When asked about the security issues of the said project, Nacaya just shrugged it off saying that the market’s rooftop is far to be mugged by street burglars.