About two weeks ago, local morning news, Umagang Kay Ganda, featured a community with houses powered with solar panels, yes, solar panels. It was a project of the local government, to which many families are able to benefit from.
Solar Panels are a great help to the Philippines, especially since there still are villages in the regions having no access to electricity at all.
In such areas, isolated and far from the metropolis, solar panels could prove to be the most cost effective way to bring about the basic needs of the community — like lighting, irrigation, and even health-related concerns (since rural villages usually are not that well-equipped, lacking of facilities because probably, there aren’t any source of electricity to run them).
So what are the benefits of a solar panel:
1. It provides electricity to even the most remote villages. As mentioned, there are still some people in the provinces who are still without access to electricity. Many local documentaries have already exposed this fact. If the government could provide for the solar panels of these isolated communities (or maybe, even rich people who would be kind enough to donate), our rural folks would even become more productive, plus, they will also have more access to information brought about by the media.
2. It cuts electricity cost, so people would be able to save more, or use their money on more important things like food, education, and hospitalization. Times are tough now and each and every savings we could get could help better our lives.
3. The sun’s always there! All we need is to place solar panels and no longer do we have to depend on other sources for our electricity needs.
4. The energy source is clean, non-polluting, renewable, and dependable. As the reliable solar panel solutions provider, Empire Solar, puts it, “a typical 5 KW system eliminates more than 6 tons of CO2 emissions annual. This is the same as planting more than 2.5 acres of trees or cutting your weekly gas consumption by 25 gallons.”
5. It is time to be green. The whole world is going green, and it would make you feel part of the whole.
Solar panels power the “powerless”, so to speak…
And, with the rising cost of electricity, it’s high time for us to take solar energy utilization seriously.