Negros Occidental’s Capitol Facilities to Receive Solar Panel Installations

Solar Panel Installations

The provincial administration of Negros Occidental has announced plans to install a total of 1,270 kilowatts (KW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across seven primary Capitol buildings this year.

Data shared by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Tuesday indicated that the shift to solar energy could result in monthly savings of between 132,080 and 158,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) for the province.

The bidding process for the project is planned to begin by the third quarter. With the current electricity cost of PHP12 per kWh, the province is expected to save between PHP1.5 million and PHP1.8 million each month.

An energy audit conducted last year led to the decision to install solar panels this year. The local government units are being encouraged to adopt similar initiatives, starting with grid-tied rooftop solar systems.

Negros Occidental faces significant energy challenges, such as frequent power outages and increasing electricity rates. The focus is on finding proactive solutions rather than being reactive to problems.

The Renewable Energy Week aims to inspire efforts towards energy security and a sustainable energy future through vision, hope, and strategic planning.

Since February, La Carlota City Hall in Negros Occidental has been operating a 100-KW solar PV system. Mayor Rex Jalando-on stated that the city is progressively adopting renewable energy to promote energy efficiency, cost reduction, and environmental conservation.

Through the SecuRE Negros initiative, the provincial government is committed to ensuring the energy future of Negros Occidental by harnessing the potential of renewable energy sources.