THE 350-kilowatt, $1.95 million solar energy system on Tinian and the 225-kilowatt, $1.9 million photovoltaic solar power project on Rota are among the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.’s 17 proposed renewable-energy projects for 2018, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho said.
The other projects are on Saipan and include onsite chlorine generation, a 500-kilowatt solar-energy system in Aguigan, a 50-kilowatt solar-energy system in Sadog Tasi, prepay meters, supervisory control and data acquisition, a new wastewater-treatment facility, Chinatown waterline replacement, Isley booster station 1 and transmission line, Lower Base gravity sewer construction, As Lito service lateral-line replacement relocation, pole-mounted distribution transformers, turbo-charger retrofitting of four engines, paving of main driveway, wastewater pretreatment system and Power Plant 1 engine hall natural ventilation.
The projects will cost $40,845,500 and will be funded by federal grants, Camacho said, adding that Saipan Local Law 20-19 allotted $2,173,710 of the $2.4 million funding needed for the turbo-charger retrofitting of four engines.
The $800,000 wastewater pretreatment system was also funded by Saipan Local Law 20-19, he said. “Most of these projects are for renewable energy and infrastructure.”
In his recent report to the CUC board, Camacho said CUC was able to secure $66,384,113 in grants of which $46,707,621 has been obligated while $19,676,492 has not yet been obligated.
As of Dec. 31, 2017, he said CUC had a performance ratio of 70.4 percent for the grants it received.
From 2010 to 2013, Camacho said CUC secured a total of $40,912,704 in grants, of which $37,499,409 was obligated and $3,413,295 was unobligated, adding they had a 92 percent completion ratio as of Aug. 31, 2017.
He said CUC also secured $8,219,700 in grants from 2014 to 2015 of which $2,096,913 was obligated and $6,122,787 were unobligated. The completion ratio was 26 percent, but CUC was given until Sept. 2021 to complete the projects, he said.
In 2016, he said they secured $11,264,000 in grants with a completion ratio of 31 percent. The projects’ performance period is until Sept. 2022. Of the total amount, $3,533,425 has already been obligated while $7,730,575 is still unobligated, Camacho said.
The federal grants, he added, were provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior-Office of the Insular Affairs, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.