Solar project benefits 267 households

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Two barangays in Infanta, Pangasinan, are now enjoying cheaper and sufficient electricity through the ‘HEART and SOUL’ project of Team Energy Foundation.

HEART and SOUL — an acronym for Household Electrification Assistance through Renewable Technology and Social Preparation for the Upliftment of Lives — is now benefitting 267 households in Barangay Babuyan, an off-grid community with approximately 900 residents, and another off-grid Barangay Pita, a mountainous area with around 1,200 residents.

Team Energy, along with the Department of Energy (DOE) and Pangasinan Electric Cooperative, installed 30-watt peak photovoltaic solar home systems, which residents have tapped into since August 17, 2015, when the project was fully completed.

These solar systems are equipped to light four 5-watt light bulbs, charge cellular phones and are installed with digital AM-FM radios.

The HEART and SOUL project also installed two solar powered streetlights in each barangay-recipient that will keep community activities safe during evenings.

Solar home systems were also installed in their barangay halls and health centers.

According to Ricky de Castro, the executive director of the Team Energy Foundation, the project HEART and SOUL is only one of the Team Energy’s response to the call of the government in committing to achieve 90 percent household connections to electricity by 2017.

“Through HEART and SOUL, we are increasing the access of rural communities to adequate, affordable and sustainable sources of energy,” he added.

About 67 more households, 32 of them in Babuyan and 35 in Pita, will be connected to Solar Home Systems soon after the DOE gives TeaM Energy notice to proceed with the project.

Prior to the solar electrification in Infanta which is phase 3 of the said project, a total of 5,551 households in the Polilio Group of Islands in Quezon province have already been energized by the phases 1 and 2 of the solar energy project.

TeaM Energy Foundation Inc. is the social development arm of TeaM Energy Corp., the operator of two coal-fired thermal power plants in Pagbilao, Quezon and Sual, Pangasinan. (With reports from The Philippine Star / Opinyon, Rosemarie Señora)