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NONECO manager blames
solar plants for fluctuation

There is also a negative side to the solar power plant operation in northern Negros, that is being blamed for the power fluctuation by the Northern Negros Electric Cooperative.

NONECO general manager Danny Pondevilla said the National Grid Power Corp. has no solution to it, yet, although the problem has already been brought to the Department of Energy.

Under the Distribution Code, Pondevilla said it is the obligation of the NGCP to deliver correct voltage and maintenance of its transmission lines.

NONECO has been blamed for the frequent power interruptions, especially in the areas of San Carlos City, that is hosting a solar power plant. We are not responsible for it, Pondevilla said.

He also said they asked the NGCP, as a sign of commitment to help NONECO, through a letter to the DOE, informing them of the problem. Sad to say, he added, they were told by NGCP that it will first seek clearance from their higher officials.

I don't know why they are afraid to write DOE regarding the problem,'' he added.

Pondevilla, who appeared before the Sangguniang Panlungsod of San Carlos City, that has been complaining about the frequent power fluctuation, blamed it to the connection of the solar power plant operation to NGCP lines.

NONECO member-consumers, especially in San Carlos City and neighboring areas, were complaining  about the damage and losses they suffered due to long blackouts and fluctuations of power, with millions of pesos in damages incurred.

As stipulated in the impact system study, Pondevilla said NGCP admitted to him that solar operation may trigger power fluctuations. Despite this, he added, it still remains to be addressed.

As a temporary remedy, Pondevilla said he suggested to the system operator of NGCP to limit the production output of solar to the power lines. This will at least help minimize the power fluctuations, while a lasting solution is being looked into, he added.*GPB




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