PowerSource Energy Services, Inc. (PESI) will develop a P200 million biomass-run power plant in this city in partnership with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

The plant, expected to be completed in June, is targeted to produce two megawatts of power, enough to provide power to Pepsi’s bottling plant here.

The plant will use coconut shells, husks and residues, which are all readily abundant in the region, as feedstock.

A Pepsi official said the plant is aimed at reducing power cost in local operations by as much as 20% in the long-run and at the same time provide additional income and livelihood support to farmers in the nearby areas.

Last year, Gabby R. Gabinete, Pepsi commercial director said the company is looking at partnerships in renewable energy development for its other bottling plants under its program Project Power Play.

He said that not only will biomass-fed plants help the environment but will also generate additional income to farmers for inputs that are generally considered as agricultural waste.

PESI is a subsidiary of the US-based PowerSourceGroup LLC, which has co-generation projects in Southeast Asia and Western Pacific. 

article by Louise G. Dumas of Business World

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