Philippines delays bidding for potential 40 micro hydro sites

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Bidding for at least 40 prospective mini-hydropower sites will be delayed until the second half of this year, the Philippines' Department of Energy announced this week.

The run-of-river sites are located in Luzon and Visayas and have capacities of 1 to 2 MW each. Rights to the sites were to have been auctioned for exploration and development in the fourth quarter of 2012, though the process was delayed largely due to the selection of a new energy secretary in October.

The Department of Energy now says bidding will likely be held following the Philippines' May elections.

Feasibility studies for the project sites were completed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in August. JICA also prepared studies for sites in Isabela and Ifugao provinces.

Also in the Philippines, announced earlier this week that renewable energy developer Sunwest Water and Electric Company will construct nine new small hydroelectric projects on Panay Island.

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