MegaWatt Solutions, a subsidiary of SunAsia Energy, bagged the contract to install a 10-megawatt battery in the service area of Aklan Electric Cooperative to replace the capacity of its diesel peaking plant and provide reliable power to customers of Boracay.
MegaWatt Solutions’ first utility-scale battery energy storage project, the first in the country, intends to address Boracay Island’s fluctuating and volatile power demand.
The company expects to deliver 198 MW equivalent to 742 mWh this year to five customers including Akelco.
“Boracay’s peak is during the evening because it’s a party place. So in the morning, you charge the battery. It is a battery storage and it’s technology agnostic. This technology is American,” MegaWatt Solutions president Tetchi Capellan said.
Boracay has differentiated demand for power. Its capacity requirements are dictated by time, which means larger capacity needs to be delivered in the island when thousands of visitors arrive in Boracay during summer or at the peak season of December. Capacity, however, falls dramatically when tourists leave the island.
Akelco contracted MegaWatt Solutions to install the 10-MW battery and the partnership required the delivery of 40 megawatt-hours with half of the capacity dedicated for Boracay.