By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has opened its doors to interested parties to invest in hydroelectric power in 379 potential sites nationwide.
This is 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.
While NIA encouraged this venture, 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.
SN Aboitiz Power Group, a hydropower development company, has already proposed a 2,500-square meter solar power project in Magat Dam.
Being a water-based solar power project, it can also be ideal for marine life as it would provide sanctuary to different species.
Of the 379 potential hydroelectric power plants, four are already operational, NIA said.
These are the 8.5-megawatt 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 South Cotabato.