Data on the Renewable Energy Transition of 208 Island Mini-grids in The Philippines

Published: 29 September 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/sgm9p5f59s.1
Michael Castro,


This article contains a dataset on 208 mini-grids in Philippine off-grid islands, their energy generation and consumption statistics, and the estimated cost and capacities required to transition them toward renewable energy (RE). These mini-grids were identified from a report of mini-grids operated by the Philippines’ National Power Corporation – Small Power Utilities Group (NPC-SPUG) as of September 2022. This report included the energy consumptions, diesel generator capacities, and accumulated operating hours of each mini-grid. Maximum, minimum, and average power consumptions for each month of 2022 were estimated based on NPC-SPUG’s September 2022 report and publicly available monthly 2019 reports. Monthly average global horizontal irradiances and 10 m elevation wind speeds in each mini-grid were also extracted from the Phil-LIDAR 2 database and included in this dataset. From the energy demand and RE potential data, a techno-economic mini-grid model was employed to simulate the cost and capacities required to transition the mini-grids toward RE from 2020 to 2050 in five-year increments. These cost and capacity requirements are included in this dataset for four scenarios: a base-case scenario driven by market forces, a forced 100% RE scenario wherein diesel generators are phased out by 2050, a biodiesel scenario wherein B100 is used as a drop-in replacement to diesel fuel, and a <24/7 load scenario wherein some unmet load is permitted.



Energy Engineering, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Energy Economics, Sustainability, Lithium Ion Battery, Energy Demand, Energy Storage, Biodiesel, Hybrid Renewable Energy Technology, Renewable Energy, Diesel Fuel, Off-Grid Power Supply Systems