January 26, 2023
Solar-powered feed mill in Mindanao, Philippines, to be operational in Q1
A 50-kilowatt solar-powered feed mill in Kidapawan City, Mindanao, the Philippines, has been completed and expected to be operational within the first quarter this year, the local government announced.
The facility was built under the Integration of Productive Uses of Renewable Energy for Sustainable and Inclusive Energization (I-PURE) in Mindanao funded by the European Union and implemented by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).
Kidapawan mayor Jose Paolo M. Evangelista said in a statement that the city government, which will manage the storage and milller, will save on energy cost for processing corn and rice used as feeds for farm animals.
The on-grid green energy facility is located at the City Agriculture Office's Demo Farm.
The feed mill is one of the 10 pilot projects under the I-PURE Mindanao programme, which combine agricultural and renewable energy development by supporting areas that are already productive but unable to expand due to lack of power supply.
The EU has provided about ₱264.91 million (US$4.9 million) for the programme, which covers communities within the provinces of Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and Cotabato in the Soccsksargen region, and Tawi-Tawi and Lanao del Sur in the Bangsamoro region.