It has been almost a week since Glenda blew 120-160kph winds in Southern Luzon. According to Meralco, it could take at least two weeks to repair broken power lines and restore electricity in selected areas of Calabarzon. In our resettlement community in Calauan, Laguna, about 400 houses were totally destroyed by the typhoon. Glenda also uprooted trees, washed out farms and damaged public facilities, such as the public market, community center, basketball court and clinic.
A few months back, two friends have discussed their experience in making the switch to solar energy. One of them used the sun to power his lights and other low-watt appliances. The other one installed panels for his home office. I showed interest in making the switch as well, starting with LED lighting fixtures and biking to work.
While Solar PV prices have been falling, I’m still hesitant to make an investment. Glenda and other weather disturbances, however, might convince me otherwise. During the power outage last week, my friend posted a message on Facebook, saying that people in the Katipunan area can drop by his house to have their mobile phones charged - using solar power of course!
Our community in Calauan could use Baron Solar Kits to communicate with their loved ones, assuring them of their safety (fortunately, no one was hurt when Glenda visited Calauan). Residents can also get updates from a communal radio (also powered by a solar kits) to listen to news advisories and weather reports. Solar kits are also essential in restoring services, such as the checkups in the clinic or classes in our daycare center. Moreover, the Adtel Solar Baron Kit is just right on the pocket for a solar PV startup.
The list could go on. And at the end of the day, we don’t need to look under the soil or the oceans for power. To light up communities, we just have to look up and feel the sun.
Dr. Seuss [The Once-ler, “The Lorax”]
Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel and spokesman of former Palawan governor Joel T Reyes. Was he referring to his governor client?