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