NIA calls investors to put up hydropower plants in 379 sites
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has called on interested parties to invest and put up hydroelectric power project within 379 of its sites across the country.
“It would be the agency’s contribution in providing resources for renewable energy, as well as in maximizing the utilization of irrigation water by venturing into the development of hydroelectric power plants,” NIA said.
However, one of the conditions set is that the project should not, in any way, obstruct irrigation water delivery as the primordial service of the agency.
“NIA still primarily aims to provide comprehensive development, conservation, and utilization of water resources to attain food self-sufficiency through sustainable irrigation service,” the agency noted.
Among the 379 potential hydroelectric power plants, four of them are already operational.
These are the 8.5-megawatt (MW) MARIS Main (South) Canal Hydroelectric Power in Isabela, Rizal Hydropower Plant in Nueva Ecija, Bulanao Mini-Hydropower Plant in Kalinga, and Marbel #1 MHPP in Southern Cotabato. Others are still on-going.
SN Aboitiz Power Group, a hydropower development company, has also proposed a 2,500-square meter solar power project in Magat Dam.