Philippines on Solar-Energy Usage

In 2013 Philippines consumes more than 60% of energy from coal, oil, petroleum and natural gas every year. With this said, Greenpeace Philippines launched the digital campaign Solar Rooftop Challenge, where a series of videos will be released to bust myths on renewable energy (RE).

County director Amalie Conchelle Hamoy-Obusan said that “We will bust myths”. They will be making a huge renewable energy (RE) exhibit that will help people understand how RE can help every Filipino’s life. They will also feature photographs of people, churches, schools and even testimonials of homeowners who have switched to solar power.

Small helpful acts have bigger impacts

Even though the Renewable Energy Act, was passed in 2008 to accelerate the development of RE sources and to encourage the increase in the use of these resources. Still many Filipinos didn’t fully understand how RE works, and how can it improve their daily lives.

Obet Verzola, author of the book Crossing Over: the Energy stated that “It is sold in small chunks… which can provide you enough electricity to start with, and something that ordinary people can participate in”.

The solar irradiance of the Philippines is far better than the world’s top solar-power producer, Germany, Obusan said. “We generate more solar power for every square meter, and that gives us that advantage,” she added.

Obusan also told the BusinessMirror that “A lot of homeowners start really small and install one to two [solar] panels, simply to power the lights at home”.

With this, more Filipino’s will save more electricity and time will come that they can afford on buying additional solar panels to maximize their savings.

She also highlighted the financing options that most of the Filipino’s are not aware of.

“People are still not really aware of the options they have in producing solar power”. “The aim really is to bring to the people the practicality, affordability and accessibility of solar power,” The people have to be informed “to hopefully make the choice of producing their own solar power,”she stated.

Solar Power Financing

We all know that technologies are expensive at first, but as the times goes by, it also becomes cheaper, and this includes solar panels.

Vezola stated that “Back when the cell phone was introduced, it was very expensive. But years later, advancement in technologies made it cheaper and affordable to people”.

Obusan also stated “Although P5,000 might look expensive, it will allow you to reduce consumption [from the main grid], and provide savings that can increase your investment on renewable or solar-power utilities,”. Verzola agreed: “Prices of solar panels and batteries are definitely seen to go down, and would be the future of the industry.”

Besides these, Greenpeace said households would benefit more if they use solar-panel system.

“Actually, installing your own [solar-power] system makes you aware of your own usage,” Obusan said. “Therefore, you become much more earnest in how you consume energy, as well.”. “Prices of solar panels and batteries are definitely seen to go down, and would be the future of the industry” Verzola concluded.

Philippines on Solar-Energy Usage

Author: Darvin Tocmo

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