According to the National Electrification Administration (NEA), there are still more than 2.3 million Filipino households that are still without access to electricity. These families are spread to more than 12,000 rural sitios across the country. But these figures are small if the numbers of families in underserved areas or those with limited access to electricity due to economic hardships were included.
Deployment of clean and renewable energy that will benefit these families remains slow due to various reasons: lack of financing support, low market intake, logistical challenges, legal concerns, etc. This, despite various initiatives by various stakeholders such as by people’s organizations, social enterprises, private sector and by the local government units.
The Center for Empowerment, iNnovation and Training on Renewable Energy (CentRE) and its members are among the various stakeholders working to realize clean, reliable, affordable and sustainable supply of electricity especially for the marginalized segments of the society. Promoting sustainable energy access to all Filipinos has been a core work of CentRE and its members.
This Deep Dive Session aims to showcase the good practices and learnings of CentRE members in deploying renewable energy in off-grid areas and energy poor communities.