P R E S S I N F O R M A T I O N
September 29, 2014 ; Manila, Philippines
SAN CARLOS SOLAR ENERGY INC. LAUNCHES CSR PROJECT, ENERGIZES REMOTE AREA SCHOOL IN NEGROS WITH OFF-GRID SOLAR CONNECTION
Coming off the successful inauguration of Sacasol I in San Carlos City, Negros, the developers behind the country's first commercial scale solar plant initiated a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project that electrifies off grid schools in the provinces of Negros and Leyte. The project was implemented in the form of a ground mounted, off-grid solar installation on the school's campus. "This CSR project was realized and provides a great opportunity for us to bring sustainable power into inaccessible and remote communities" confirms Jose Maria T Zabaleta, Chairman at Sacasol and Bronzeoak Philippines.
On January 24, 2014, the ThomasLloyd group, Bronzeoak Philippines' development partner in Sacasol and several other RE projects, held the 4th annual Cleantech Congress in Frankfurt, Germany. At the event, a donation of $100,000 was received from the sponsor by Senator Loren Legarda and Ambassador Cleofe Natividad. The money funded the electrification of Camaniangan Elementary School in Barangay Prosperidad, San Carlos, Negros Occidental and will continue with another school selected by the Senator in the province of Leyte. If successfully implemented, this CSR could further expand into other barangays and provinces across the country, making solar power an essential tool in the education of underprivileged Filipino children.
The installation at Camaniangan Elementary began in April 2014 and ran for 12 weeks. The project was inaugurated on campus by San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor, Negros Occidental Vice-Governor Eugenio "Bong" Lacson and the project developers on September 25 , 2014. The same team responsible for creating Sacasol implemented the CSR, with the PV modules being provided by Conergy and overall project management handled by Bronzeoak Philippines and Schema Consult. The project was well received, as students and community members alike eagerly welcomed their new solar power connection: 24 panels delivering a total capacity of 6000Wp to the school. To supplement the electricity generated, batteries were fitted into the connection and rechargeable lanterns were donated to the families in need of the units. As explained by Sacasol President, Jose Maria P. Zabaleta, Jr. "Our objective is to institutionalize the community's sustainable use of the solar panel, making it an instrumental component in energy distribution to the isolated regions of our country".
Energizing distant schools is a challenge that faces the local Department of Education, moreso with the current DepEd Computerization Program (DCP), spearheaded by Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC, to furnish e-Classroom systems or Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Laboratories in all schools. The opportune arrival of solar power accessibility fills the gap in electricity needs of these distant classrooms. "Collaboration between schools, communities , local government and SACASOL will bring many resources from each together for the improvement in education of students from secluded, upland areas" added Bronzeoak Philippines Director, Don Mario Dia.