Davao Consumers Tap Solar Energy for Power

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DAVAO CITY (PNA) - The Sikat solar-powered car may be the most flamboyant example of how solar energy can be harnessed for practical uses.

However, there are more practical uses for solar energy than one can imagine, and they are on the rise, right here in this city.

Aware of the growing concern for climate change, consumers here are now looking at the possibility of using solar energy in households and commercial establishments, paving the way for the rise of more green buildings.

The Davao City International Airport, for instance, has taken advantage of this alternative source of power by commissioning a 4KVA (kilovolt-ampere) solar power system for its middle marker.

While residents of Marilog in the city's third district were among those who first tried the benefits of solar energy, after the United States-funded Alliance for Mindanao Off-Grid Renewable Energy (AMORE), through the Yamog Renewable Energy Development Corporation, introduced solar power in the area sometime in 2005.

Solar energy is a renewable and a cleaner source of energy, making it an ideal alternative source of energy considering the worsening effects of the power crisis and the climate change.

The use of solar energy is silent, non-polluting and requires very little maintenance. …