Solar energy lights up Pamilacan Island in Bohol. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
A RENEWABLE energy project called “Dreams” has brought a stable supply of 24/7 “green” energy via solar power to 20,000 resident households in Pamilacan, Baclayon, Bohol, stabilizing the economic development of the region. ‘Isle.
Funded under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Renewable Energy Support Facility, the solar power project installed a peak 39 kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system in the island community of Pamilacan.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has expressed support for the solar power project which generates carbon sequestration credits for the province of Bohol.
As the operational focal point of the GEF in the Philippines is with the DENR under the office of Under Secretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, the Department of Environment welcomes that an entire community of 20,000 households benefits from a source of energy that contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
A power-up event was held on October 28 at Pamilacan Island, Bohol to signal the operation of the PV expansion project. Social enterprise WeGen Laudato Si and Bohol Electric Cooperative led the operation of the photovoltaic system.
They also coordinated with the local government unit and helped community partners build management capacity as an energy association. The Ministry of Education provided school space or roofs for the installation of photovoltaic solar panels.
As soon as WeGen installed an off-grid solar photovoltaic system in 2017 that provided electricity to households 24/7, economic development was immediately observed.
âEconomic growth has prospered as the island is an ecotourism area. Living conditions have improved with additional livelihoods,â officials said in a statement.