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State University in the Philippines likely first school to be powered solely by geothermal

Bacon-Manito geothermal field, Philippines (source: EDC)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 9 Sep 2016

Central Luzon State University in the Philippines is likely among the first universities to become powered solely by geothermal after a supply contract was signed between the school and Energy Development Corp.

The Philippines-based Energy Development Corp. (EDC) has announced having signed a power supply contract with Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in the Philippines. Under the contract, EDC will supply up to 2.9 MW of power to the campus of the oldest and largest state university in Region 3 in the country.

The contract between EDC affiliate First Gen Energy Solutions, Inc, a retail electricity supplier and the school was signed earlier but just made public now. EDC’s geothermal power plant in Bicol already started to deliver power to the university in late June 2016.

“EDC is making the renewable energy option available to as many people in as many places in the Philippines as possible.  The entire CLSU campus will benefit from environment-friendly power all year round and not rely on imported and carbon-emitting fossil fuel energy sources or stopgap supply measures that could not guarantee reliable and uninterruptible power.  In addition, we are committed to provide CLSU with customized energy solutions, fair pricing, competent technical assistance, and responsive customer support at all times,” EDC Vice President for Corporate Affairs Ricky Carandang said.

For his part, CLSU President Dr. Tereso Abella shared that the university’s philosophy and mission is to contribute to the moral well-being and environmental consciousness of the people it serves and apply knowledge and technologies for environmental protection and sustainable development.  “We can achieve this by mitigating the effects of climate change which is caused largely by energy sources emitting large volumes of carbon.”

EDC remains the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy with total installed capacity of 1,169 MW in Leyte, Negros Islands, Bicol and North Cotabato.

 

Source: EDC release