Lighting up Communities with Solar Kits

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.

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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.

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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.

Bring your own bags @ Napoli Timog #AyokoNgPlastikBag #ZeroWastePH (Taken with Instagram)

Bring your own bags @ Napoli Timog #AyokoNgPlastikBag #ZeroWastePH (Taken with Instagram)

banapple mondays (Taken with Instagram at Banapple)

banapple mondays (Taken with Instagram at Banapple)

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not.

Dr. Seuss [The Once-ler, “The Lorax”]

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Donnie Sacueza joins the River Warriors in the headwater of Estero de Paco for his documentary thesis. Donnie was part of the 2010 film-making workshop facilitated by award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and ABS-CBN Foundation director Caloy Santos.

riverwarriors:

Donnie Sacueza joins the River Warriors in the headwater of Estero de Paco for his documentary thesis. Donnie was part of the 2010 film-making workshop facilitated by award-winning director Brillante Mendoza and ABS-CBN Foundation director Caloy Santos.

Tower of books on president Abraham Lincoln at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington.

Tower of books on president Abraham Lincoln at the Ford’s Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Washington.

Nature reclaiming abandoned cars. Photo series by Peter Lippmann

Nature reclaiming abandoned cars. Photo series by Peter Lippmann

The reversal of Gov. (Joel T.) Reyes’s exoneration creates confusion in the minds of the public, and certainly puts into question the integrity of some decision-making processes in the Department of Justice (DOJ)… Definitely, the real mastermind in the Ortega killing must be laughing his head off at this very moment.

Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel and spokesman of former Palawan governor Joel T Reyes. Was he referring to his governor client? 

(Source: sunstar.com.ph)