The Negros Occidental Provincial Environment Management Office gave three 150-Watt Solar Energy Facilities valued at 150,000 to beneficiaries in San Carlos City and Don Salvador Benedicto yesterday.
Luisa Tutor, provincial environment management specialist and upland farmers coordinator, said three beneficiaries from the PEMO's Integrated Social Forestry program received the Solar Energy Facilities as a swap for 1,800 trees to be planted, with 1,500 required to grow.
Ricardo Tilag Sr. of Palampas ISF Association, Oscar Manquit of Lower Nataban ISF Association, both from San Carlos, and Ninfa Benitua of Benejewan ISF Farmers Association in Salvador Benedicto, each received a photovoltaic/solar panel, 12V 100AH battery, and an inverter, she said.
The solar panel and accessories worth P49,900 each are part of the 30 sets bought at P1,497,000 from supplier RU Foundry in Bacolod City. Initially, the order of the office was in 100-Watt panels, but the supplier upgraded the product without additional charges, she said.
Last week, PEMO installed four solar panels in Murcia. PEMO plans to finish the installment and awarding ideally before the rainy season begins, she said.
She said the supplier will install the Solar Energy Facility today in the houses of the beneficiaries after assessing the location and external factors of setting the panels.*KBC
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