ERC, Iloilo City, And MORE POWER Join Forces To Boost Green Energy Adoption In The Philippines

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In a significant move to enhance the utilization of the Net-Metering Program and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in Iloilo, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has forged a tripartite agreement with Iloilo City and MORE Electric and Power Corporation (MORE POWER).


This agreement aims to make the benefits of these energy initiatives more accessible to the people of Iloilo, promoting green practices and aligning with the national government’s sustainability targets.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas emphasized, “With this partnership, we aim to promote green practices, aligning with the national government’s targets. In Iloilo, our efforts include solar panels at the national high school, city hall, dialysis centers, and eye care facilities.”


The collaborative effort seeks to encourage the utilization of renewable energy sources in the local area, advance renewable energy development and deployment, and facilitate the sharing of best practices, knowledge, and information regarding programs and policies related to renewable energy for the benefit of Iloilo City residents.

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The adoption of Renewable Energy (RE) technologies such as Net-Metering and DER is anticipated to not only help manage electricity costs but also contribute to mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and fostering economic growth.

MORE POWER President and CEO Roel Z. Castro highlighted, “One of the obligations under the agreement is to have a one-stop shop where applicants and interested parties can come. Our collaboration with the city has been active for the past three years, and we warmly welcome the involvement of ERC. Being the first in Visayas to enter into this agreement showcases our strong support for the government.”

The ERC will play a pivotal role by providing technical and regulatory expertise to streamline processes related to documentary submissions, installation, payment, and permitting associated with Net-Metering and DER. Additionally, the ERC will actively participate in information, education, and communication campaigns for electricity consumers.

ERC Chairperson and CEO Monalisa C. Dimalanta stated, “This is the second pilot LGU with the ERC for the Net-Metering and greater RE program. We hope that other LGUs are similarly inspired to partner with national agencies to bring solutions closer to our people.”

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As of June 30, 2023, a total of 72 qualified end-users in Iloilo City have been issued Certificates of Compliance under the Net-Metering Program by the ERC, boasting a collective capacity of 985.37 kilowatt-peak. This collaborative initiative is set to amplify the reach and benefits of green energy within Iloilo and potentially serve as a model for similar collaborations across the country.

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