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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Solar Facility Aims to Support Tacloban Build Back Better

A solar community center opened quietly last Tuesday, September 30, rising from the rubble of a once flood-swept 750-square meter plot of land in downtown Tacloban.
The opening saw the city’s first sun-powered electric jeepneys, or eJeepneys, roll out — four units of what is expected to become a 26-strong fleet by 2015. A solar-powered videoke party took place in the evening to demonstrate that solar power works day and night.
The solar facility’s proponent is Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (iCSC). The solar facility is run under the organization’s RE-Charge Tacloban project.
The RE-Charge Tacloban facility is a community hub for renewable energy and an incubation center for sustainable livelihoods and renewable energy-powered social enterprise. It is iCSC’s contribution to help steer Tacloban toward better development and climate resilience.
The facility uses a hybrid off-grid solar photovoltaic system with battery backup and grid-tie capability that is connected to the geothermal-powered Leyte grid. The system uses 39 250-watt Renesola virtus II polycrystalline modules which have a 25-year performance warranty. A Schneider 48 volt inverter converts the direct current (DC) to alternating current.
“It’s time to embrace sunshine, one of Tacloban’s greatest yet most neglected treasures. We are excited to contribute to the government’s efforts to build back better and brighter,” officials from iCSC said.
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