DUMAGUETE CITY -- As part of the 35 Affiliated Renewable Energy Centers (AREC) in the country affiliated by the Department of Energy (DOE), Silliman University (SU) can now contract with solar energy company to supply solar power in the campus.
DOE Asst. Secretary Daniel Ariaso said SU is officially accredited as an AREC for the next five years to empower them and promote partnership with public and private sector without anymore securing an approval from the DOE.
The program is part of DOE’s mandate to develop indigenous energy resources.
Ariaso cited that government give imperative to renewable energy as clean energy sources must be fully tapped in response to the global call to address climate change.
Right now, the OrionGroup International an international solar power company has proposed to Silliman to install a 1.2 megawatts solar energy project worth $2 million.
However, executive vice-president Rynor Jamandre of OrionGroup said in an agreement Silliman does not have to cash out for the installation of the solar power.
With 25 years warranty, Orion will install and maintain the solar power system, said Jamandre.
It is said, Silliman, with more than 200 buildings would be the biggest solar energized campus in Asia.
Using solar energy not only to reduce the cost of electric bill but also protect the environment, “may save 20KW for a one student scholar and for every 5KW used can provide one solar energized hinterland barangay,” Jamandre cited.
Silliman University, through its Extension Program, is assisting in the electrification program for far-flung barangays in the southern part of Negros Oriental.
In cooperation with DOE and the Negros Oriental Electric Cooperative, the university provides electric power to two hinterland communities in the municipalities of Siaton and Santa Catalina.
These barangays have been certified to have no access to electricity and are not covered under the grid extension plan of the electric distribution utility in the next three years.
The energy department is pushing to increase the installation target for solar energy from 50 to 500 megawatts and put RE on a more prominent role in the country’s energy mix. (PIA7-Negros Oriental)