Let’s Go Renewable: Step Into a Sustainable Future

The effects of global warming are expected to be far-reaching and, in many cases harmful. Coal is said to be one of the responsible in the rise in global temperature. It has a negative impact on the environment creating harmful gases including carbon dioxide.

Lets Go Renewable Workshop in Tagaytay
Lets Go Renewable Workshop in Tagaytay

Last May 24, 2024, the Let’s Go Renewable 101 event brought together key stakeholders, experts, and advocates to discuss the vital role of solar energy in achieving an affordable, locally available, and clean energy-powered future for the Philippines.

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Seats For Two: Ana and Marjorie

With the growing urgency to address climate change and the need for energy independence, the gathering served as a crucial platform to inspire and encourage Filipinos to explore the benefits and possibilities of solar energy and to foster a greener, more equitable, and resilient energy sector. The two-day event featured engaging presentations and discussions that showcased the practical advantages and transformative potential of solar power for homes and businesses.

Brenda Valerio
Brenda Valerio, Country Director of New Energy Nexus Philippines, shares about the organizations they’ve helped fund to make solar energy accessible to Filipinos.

Brenda Valerio, the Country Director of New Energy Nexus Philippines, shared the profound impact solar power can have on transforming the energy landscape in the Philippines. She emphasized the various organizations the NGO has supported and funded in their endeavors to innovate and make solar energy systems accessible to Filipinos. Valerio further underscored the potential of solar power to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive clean energy sector.

Arturo Tahup, Director for Community Resilience at the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC), addressed several common myths surrounding solar energy.

Arturo Tahup
Arturo Tahup

One prevalent myth is solar energy is too expensive. “Renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro, and wind are more affordable and cleaner than traditional fossil fuels,” Tahup explained. “Since these resources are indigenous to the Philippines, they offer a cost-effective solution for energy needs.” He also highlighted that adopting solar energy can lead to significant cost savings for both households and businesses.

Solar Panel
Solar Panel

Arturo Tahup, Director for Community Resilience at the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) holds up a TekPak, or portable solar-powered device, that can provide solar energy to off-grid households.

Another barrier is the perception that solar energy is too technical, which may deter others from exploring their options. “With proper education and training, setting up solar energy systems is straightforward,” Tahup said. “Communities can invest in learning about solar technology, since it is accessible and manageable with proper guidance.”

DIY play house with tiny solar panel to illustrate the use of solar energy

Tahup also addressed the misconception that solar energy is too unreliable.

“Solar energy, being abundant and indigenous to the Philippines, is one of the most reliable energy sources available to Filipinos. Unlike finite and imported fossil fuels, solar energy provides a consistent and sustainable power supply.”

Hearty meal served by Containers by Eco-Hotel
Hearty meal served by Containers by Eco-Hotel

Additionally, Tahup shared inspiring stories of how solar energy projects have positively impacted various communities, providing reliable and sustainable energy solutions that have significantly improved the quality of life for many Filipinos.
Filipinos who are interested in embarking on their journey toward solar energy adoption are highly encouraged to begin by assessing their energy needs and consumption.

To assist with this process, these user-friendly solar calculators are recommended:
● SolarNRG Solar Calculator
● Solaric Solar Panel Calculator
● Yuda Solar Calculator
For those seeking credible solar installers, the following resources offer valuable assistance:
● Yuda Solar Installer Directory
● Department of Energy Official Solar PV Installer Registry

The implementation of solar energy systems offers short- and long-term benefits for individual consumers and enterprises in the Philippines. These advantages may include significant savings on electrical bills and operations expenses, as well as the potential to generate new revenue streams through innovative solar power applications. By embracing solar energy, Filipinos not only contribute to a cleaner environment but also enhance the resilience of the nation’s energy system.

Containers by Eco-Hotel
Containers by Eco-Hotel

Aside from learning about renewable energy and sustainability. We had a wonderful weekend in Tagaytay, staying in one of the eco-friendly rooms of Containers by Eco-hotel. This property in Tagaytay is known for their sustainability efforts such as the use of recycled materials from broken wine bottles turning into bedside lampshades. The hotel is surrounded with beautiful murals and paintings created by various artists from different parts of the country.

Beautiful artwork at Eco-hotel
Beautiful artwork at Eco-hotel
Taal Lake Tagaytay
Taal Lake Tagaytay

Ultimately, this transition can lead to an improved quality of life for all, fostering a sustainable and thriving future for the Philippines.

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Jonel Uy

Jonel Uy is the hubby in the SeatForTwo.com tandem. Hailing from UP Diliman with a degree in Computer Science, he is also the Managing Director of #DigitalCircles.asia engaging and amplifying social media campaigns for brands. On Mondays, he teaches information technology classes at a local college.

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