The archipelagic geography of the country makes it expensive for isolated island barangays to connect to the grid. Low volume of demand for power; the seasonal income of the residents makes them high credit risk; and tough regulatory environment makes it difficult to attract private investment. The lack of / insufficiency of power affects the quality of life and restricts economic development of the island residents.
The major challenge for the distribution utility is to find an innovative solution to provide 24x7 power to these islands, improve operational efficiencies and at the same time provide assurance to the investor of return of capital.
One Renewable has demonstrated that powering an island barangay can be sustainable with a paradigm shift in island development.