Solarized rooftops for lower electricity bills
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:11 October 2016
A pushed of solar rooftops and urge Negrenses to solarize homes and offices was led by Greenpeace Philippines together with Climate Reality Project Philippines. The forum organized by the groups held in Bacolod City aimed to maximize the solar energy potential of Negros Island Region which is considered as the renewable energy capital of the country. “Solar rooftops can create huge impacts in lowering monthly electricity bills, and the growing availability of financial assistance for those who want to avail of solar installations is a great opportunity to harness the power of the sun and break away from our dependence on fossil fuels, such as coal,” Greenpeace Philippines stated. Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Philippines, Reuben Muni said “while NIR is already recognized as the country’s renewable energy capital, the region can still maximize its solar energy potential thru solar rooftop installations on homes and buildings.” “This will accelerate the country’s solar revolution, as more and more Negrenses will be able to enjoy the benefits of clean and renewable energy, in addition to the large solar power plants in the region,” Muni added. NIR is host to several large-scale solar power plants, including the 132-MW plant in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, considered as the biggest in Southeast Asia. “Ordinary Filipinos should be able to have access to clean and environment-friendly electricity,” Philippine Branch Manager for the Climate Reality Project Rodne Galicha said. “Solar rooftop installations provide this opportunity to Filipinos, as investments in both climate and the economy, since these address the need for a clean source of energy and long-term investment in infrastructure and commerce,” Galicha added. The forum is part of the Solar Rooftop Challenge, which highlights the benefits of using solar energy while busting misconceptions that hinder individuals and companies from taking it up. It showcases existing solar rooftop installations of urban middle class households, celebrities, churches, schools, government buildings and private establishments, as well as empowering stories of people who have joined the solar rooftop revolution in the country.