Apo Island goes renewable

Solar power modules installed by Greenpeace and SolarGeneration

Feature story - October 22, 2006
Apo Island, home to one of the world’s best community-managed marine reserves, goes renewable with the installation of a solar power module in the barangay’s elementary school library.

Representatives from Greenpeace and SolarGeneration Pilipinas last Sunday turned over a solar photo-voltaic system for Apo Island Elementary School, Dauin, Oriental Negros to Duain Mayor Rodrigo Alanano. Witnessing the turn over were Actress Angel Aquino and TV host Juddah Paolo. The installation of the solar-powered energy system is part of Greenpeace’s campaign to highlight the urgent need for solutions to climate change by moving away from fossil fuels and switching to clean energy sources like solar power.

School children of Apo Island Elementary School in Dauin with Oriental Negros, Dauin Mayor Rodrigo Alanano, actress Angel Aquino, SolarGeneration youth, and Greenpeace representatives look on at their newly installed solar photo-voltaic system.

TV personality Juddah Paolo with children from Apo Island’s elementary school tells the Philippine government to go renewable.

TV personality Juddah Paolo with children from Apo Island’s elementary school tells the Philippine government to go renewable.

Actress and active Greenpeace supporter Angel Aquino reads a story to children from Apo Island’s elementary school.

Actress and active Greenpeace supporter Angel Aquino reads a story to children from Apo Island’s elementary school.

School children of Apo Island Elementary School in Dauin with Oriental Negros, Dauin Mayor Rodrigo Alanano, actress Angel Aquino, SolarGeneration youth, and Greenpeace representatives look on at their newly installed solar photo-voltaic system. The installation of the solar-powered energy system is part of Greenpeace’s campaign to highlight the urgent need for solutions to climate change by moving away from fossil fuels and switching to clean energy sources like solar power.

The solar panels were installed by Greenpeace and SolarGeneration Pilipinas as part of their campaign to highlight the urgent need for solutions to climate change by moving away from fossil fuels and switching to clean energy sources like solar power.

"Climate change endangers small coastal communities like Apo Island. Aside from threats of sea level rise, increasing global temperatures also imperils the fragile coral ecosystems by causing coral bleaching," said Climate and Energy campaigner Abigail Jabines. "Installing this solar power module will help the island explore its great potential for solar power, and will also wean the island away from complete reliance and dependence on dirty fossil fuel energy sources which cause climate change."

Greenpeace and SolarGeneration Pilipinas are pushing for the massive uptake of renewable energy in the country by asking the Philippine government to source at least 10% of the country's energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2010. The country's potential for renewable energy can provide more than five times the country's current energy needs. But the government has tapped only 1% of this vast potential.

In 2002, Greenpeace and SolarGeneration Pilipinas joined the province of Negros Occidental in launching Mabuhay 100% Renewable Negros which mandates that 100% of Negros' energy needs shall be supplied by renewable energy sources. The project in Apo Island fully supports this initiative.

"The installation of these solar modules is a step toward our dream to harness our island's full renewable energy potential. We would like to thank Greenpeace and SolarGeneration for their help with this initiative," said Apo Island Baragay Captain Mario Pascobello.

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