Hedcor’s Bineng Combination Hydro will no longer be known by this name.
The 19-megawatt plant will now be called La Trinidad Hydro in honor of its host town due to the clamor of stakeholders to rename the hydropower facility, thereby inspiring identity and acknowledgment. La Trinidad Hydro broke ground last December 4. It is expected to produce 62 million kilowatt-hours of clean and renewable energy annually starting in 2019.
The change of name was granted by the Department of Energy last January 22.
President and COO of Hedcor, Inc., Carlos Aboitiz said, “La Trinidad Hydro is a testament to all the efforts of the barangays in La Trinidad to work together. It took us about two years of consultation before we ground broke last December. We are grateful for the partnership and trust, together we will generate Cleanergy while advancing communities.”
La Trinidad is host to five run-of-river hydropower facilities which were constructed in the ‘90s. To give way to the 19-megawatt La Trinidad Hydro, the Bineng Hydro 1, Bineng Hydro 2a and Bineng Hydro 2b will be decommissioned.
La Trinidad Hydro will bring about increased shares to the three host barangays, namely, Barangay Bineng, Alapang and Alno, to the Indigenous Peoples community and the whole of the municipality up to to the province of Benguet. On top of the government-mandated shares and taxes, Hedcor provides voluntary shares coupled with various Corporate Social Responsibility projects to advance the development of its host communities.
Hedcor is currently operating 11 hydropower plants in Benguet. Five are in La Trinidad, three in Bakun, two in Tuba and one in Itogon.