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Rappler's latest stories on solar power


LOOK: Solar energy powers charging stations in Ursula-hit Tacloban

Dec 28, 2019 - 11:04 AM

ICSC is also planning to set up charging stations in other severely-affected areas in the region, most especially in the remote islands of Guiuan, Eastern Samar

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

House OKs Legarda son's solar power franchise on 3rd reading

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The House bill granting a 25-year franchise to Leandro Leviste's Solar Para sa Bayan gets passed in the lower chamber after only 4 months

APPROVED. Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste talks to reporters after the bill granting a franchise to his company was approved on 2nd reading on December 4, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House OKs on 2nd reading bill granting franchise to solar power company

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste denies his mother, Senator Loren Legarda, helped lobby for the passage of the bill

ONE MORE TO GO. Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste talks to reporters after the bill granting a franchise to his company was approved on 2nd reading. Photo boy Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers oppose granting franchise to solar power company of Legarda's son

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Representatives Rosanna Vergara and Lito Atienza both want the bill granting a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan to be returned to the committee on legislative franchises

SEEKING LEGISLATIVE FRANCHISE. A House bill is seeking to grant a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation. Photo and logo from Solar Para sa Bayan

EU brings solar power to 2 sitios in Davao Occidental

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This is part of the European Union's P3.6-billion sustainable energy project in the Philippines

How solar-powered lamps empower women in Camarines Sur community

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Harnessing solar energy through small off-grid systems to power community livelihood and provide basic energy solutions is a big first step in ensuring energy access especially for people who hardly have any resources for electrification

Photos courtesy of WWF-Ph

PHINMA Energy eyes 45-megawatt solar plant in Batangas

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The company wins a solar service contract for the right to explore and develop a 486 hectare area in Batangas from the Department of Energy

Home solar panels: a beginner's guide to saving electricity

Sep 04, 2017 - 5:18 PM

When is a roof more than just a roof?

Photo by Earnest Mangulabnan Zabala

Iloilo officials share new plans to ensure road safety

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Projects include the Iloilo City traffic handbook and the intelligent traffic system

PROJECTS. Local officials shares projects in Iloilo City aimed at ensuring road safety. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

News Briefs: March 7, 2017

Mar 07, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Stories from across the Philippines on Tuesday March 7

Iloilo malls switch to solar energy

Feb 04, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Robinson s Place and Gaisano Mall in Iloilo City have already switched to solar energy to contribute to cutting carbon emissions

SOLAR POWER. Gaisano Capital Mall is now equipped with a 103-megawatt solar rooftop system that can supply up to 50% of the mall’s daytime load. Photo courtesy of Gaisano Capital

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

Dec 08, 2016 - 12:08 AM

The SolarStratos a sleek white two seater aircraft with long wings covered with 22 square meters 237 square feet of solar panels will attempt to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight

SOLARSTRATOS. A picture taken on December 7, 2016 in Payerne shows SolarStratos stratospheric powered aircraft after its roll-out. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Jun 22, 2016 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED The solar powered plane is set to land in Spain s southern Seville airport early Thursday

SOLAR IMPULSE 2. A handout picture made available by Solar Impulse shows Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) taking off from JFK International Airport in New York, USA, June 20, 2016. Photo by Solar Impulse/REZO/JEAN REVILLARD/EPA

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

Jun 20, 2016 - 5:05 PM

UPDATED The solar powered plane heads for Spain s Seville airport in one of the most difficult legs of its journey around the world

Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016.  The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft set off from New York's JFK airport early June 20, embarking on the transatlantic leg of its record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy. / AFP PHOTO / TREVOR COLLENS

Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft sets off for New York

Jun 11, 2016 - 12:11 PM

UPDATED The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is on the 14th leg of an east west journey that began March 9 2015 in Abu Dhabi and has taken the aircraft across Asia and the Pacific to the United States

SUCCESSFUL LANDING. Swiss adventurer and pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) acknowledge the crowd after Borschberg landed Solar Impulse 2 in Dayton, Ohio, USA on May 21, 2016. Photo from Solar Impulse/EPA

Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Dayton

May 22, 2016 - 2:45 PM

It takes the solar powered plane 16 hours and 34 minutes to travel from Tulsa Oklahoma to Dayton Ohio

epa05322470 A handout image made available by Solar Impulse on 21 May 2016 shows Swiss adventurer and pilot, Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) acknowledge the crowd after Borschberg landed Solar Impulse 2 in Dayton, Ohio, USA, 21 May 2016. Solar Impulse landed in Dayton, Ohio with Andre Borschberg at the controls. Departed from Abu Dhabi on 09 March 2015, the Round-the-World Solar Flight will take 500 flight hours and cover 35,000 kilometres. EPA/SOLAR IMPULSE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

May 13, 2016 - 9:45 AM

UPDATED This feels like a really great success says Solar Impulse team member Christoph Schlettig

TAKE OFF. A handout picture provided by Solar Impulse shows the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after take off at Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Arizona, USA, May 12, 2016. Handout photo by Christophe Chammarin/Solar Impulse/EPA

Solar Impulse 2 set for next leg in round-the-world flight

May 12, 2016 - 7:42 AM

The experimental sun powered plane piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard is set to take off from Phoenix at 3:00 am 1000 GMT

SOLAR IMPULSE 2. Solar Impulse 2 takes-off from Mountain View, California towards Phoenix with André Borschberg at the controls. Photo by Solar Impulse on Flickr

Citicore Power inaugurates new 18 MW solar plant in Bataan

Mar 08, 2016 - 6:21 PM

This is Citicore’s second successfully completed solar plant this year

photos from Megawide Corp

Alsons Renewable to spend $650M for hydro, solar projects

Feb 22, 2016 - 5:08 PM

Alsons Renewable will construct a hydroelectric plant along the Siguil River in Maasim Sarangani

SHIFTING FOCUS. Alsons, which is expected to contribute 600 megawatts of capacity to Mindanao, is shifting its focus to renewable energy

Solar Impulse 2 ready to fly again by April 20 – spokeswoman

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:07 PM

But the next leg of the sun powered plane s journey has not yet been decided says pilot Andre Borschberg

SOLAR-POWERED FLIGHT. Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg, celebrate after Borschberg landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii, on July 3, 2015. File photo by Eugene Tanner/AFP

DOE counts SM's solar-powered rooftop as source for Luzon grid

Dec 16, 2015 - 3:42 PM

The largest solar powered rooftop in a Southeast Asian mall is eyed to contribute an additional 1 5 megawatts to Luzon

SOLAR-POWERED. In this file photo, President Benigno S. Aquino lll views the solar rooftop project of SM Supermalls at Northlink Building in SM City North Edsa Complex, Quezon City. Also in photo is SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy. Photo by Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau

AboitizPower unit taps P3.7B loan for solar energy project

Dec 11, 2015 - 4:27 PM

Loan proceeds will be used for SACASUN s 59MW solar photovoltaic power generation facility in San Carlos City Negros Occidental

DEAL. AboitizPower and SunEdison’s join together for their first solar power project since they struck a deal in November 2014 to explore, develop, construct, and operate up to 300 MW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic power generation projects in the Philippines over the next 3 years.

Google's Project Sunroof checks houses for solar potential

Aug 18, 2015 - 5:14 PM

Open for use in select US areas Project Sunroof helps homeowners figure out if they can save money by investing in solar power for their home

PROJECT SUNROOF. Screen shot from YouTube.

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The 4 000 mile leg from Nagoya Japan to Hawaii is not only the world s longest solar powered flight both in terms of flying time and distance; it also set the record for longest solo flight by time

SOLAR-POWERED. A handout image provided by Solar Impulse shows the Solar Impulse 2 approaching Kalaeloa Airport with Andre Borschberg at the controls, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA, 03 July 2015. The solar-powered plane on a round-the-world journey landed in Hawaii after a record-breaking five-day flight from Japan. Photo by Solar Impulse/Jean Revillard/Rezo/Handout/EPA

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-US flight

Jun 30, 2015 - 3:44 PM

This puts the plane and its veteran pilot more than 36 hours into the toughest leg of the bid to circumnavigate the planet using only the power of the sun

SOLAR IMPULSE 2. A handout photograph provided by Solar Impulse shows Solar Impulse 2 being prepared for take off from Nagoya with Andre Borschberg at the controls, in Nagoya, Japan, 28 June 2015. Photo by SOLAR IMPULSE/ Jean Revillard/EPA

Lucio Tan’s solar power plant starts operations

Mar 26, 2015 - 7:33 PM

The Absolut Distiller’s P189M solar power plant in Lian Batangas is only the start as the tycoon intends to further invest in renewable energy

Coal energy still most viable, for now

Mar 25, 2015 - 11:53 AM

The feed in tariff scheme which the government is banking on to promote renewable energy investments is not exactly investor friendly say industry experts

Aeta lolas to install solar-powered lamps in villages

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Dubbed solar lolas 4 Aeta grandmothers are back from India equipped with skills on installing solar powered lanterns

'SOLAR LOLAS.' (From left to right) Evelyn Clemente, Magda Salvador, Cita Diaz and Sharon Flores are back from India to share their knowledge on using the sun to power lanterns. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DOST in Cebu adds solar power charging kiosk for visitors

Mar 11, 2015 - 7:05 PM

The solar power charging kiosk can charge up to 20 mobile phones 10 rechargeable flashlights or a pair of laptops at a time

SOLAR POWER. The solar panel powering the charging kiosk sits atop the guard station of the DOST. Photo from DOST.

Calamba hospital saves on costs with solar power

Feb 06, 2015 - 7:30 AM

What the Calamba Doctor s Hospital in Laguna has is possibly the largest renewable energy system to be powering a hospital in the country

SOLAR HOSPITAL. Officials at the Calamba Doctor's Hospital say its new solar panels will help promote the hospital as a 'green' hospital. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Solar-powered mass housing project to launch in Batangas

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Real estate Imperial Homes Corporation is set to develop Via Verde the first solar powered subdivision in Santo Tomas Batangas

Aquino, SM ‘switch on’ largest solar rooftop in the PH

Nov 24, 2014 - 2:30 PM

The installation is expected to power 5 of SM City North EDSA s daily energy consumption The President urges other businesses to follow SM s example of using renewable energy

8 malls to be solar-powered by end of 2014

Sep 27, 2014 - 8:15 AM

More malls using their own renewable energy systems may help avert the impending power crisis in Philippine cities

How sustainable are solar power aid projects in the PH?

Sep 03, 2014 - 1:19 PM

Once installed solar panels bring joy and relief to beneficiaries But after the photo ops do they last?

FINALLY, POWER. A boy looks up at a lightbulb powered by a solar panel installed in his home in Tanauan, Leyte. Photo by Nim Gonzales

Solving the energy crisis by empowering the people

Aug 18, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Dear President Aquino: Your administration can be remembered for making the Philippines a leader in climate adaptation – but first cut the red tape

How practical is solar power for PH home owners?

Jul 26, 2014 - 9:29 AM

A Makati homeowner shares how he is able to cut his electricity bill by half using solar power

SUN-POWERED. Mike De Guzman has installed a device that turns electricity generated by his solar panels into a form that can power his appliances. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Giving the gift of light to typhoon-struck Malapascua

May 13, 2014 - 11:14 AM

In Malapascua Cebu donated solar lamps are helping a community affected by Typhoon Haiyan recover

Solar power plant to rise in Bataan freeport

Jan 29, 2014 - 4:43 PM

Next Generation Power Technology to commit P2 billion for a 20 megawatt solar power plant in Bataan

SOLAR POWER. Next Generation Power Technology Corp will invest P2 billion into building a solar power plant in Bataan. Photo from

DOE to pilot solar panel installations in Meralco franchise

Jan 19, 2014 - 2:16 AM

The Energy chief plans to implement the project for the entire Meralco franchise by March

Palawan aims for a 100% renewable energy future

Oct 23, 2013 - 1:57 PM

The last ecological frontier hopes to attract more renewable energy investors even as an opposed coal plant is in the works

GOING FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY. Palaweños gather to lend their support to the Palawan provincial government's 100% renewable energy plan. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

PH-made solar car places 3rd in Australia race

Oct 15, 2013 - 7:40 AM

Sikat II A beats competition from the US Japan Hong Kong and Turkey

BLAZING AWAY. Sikat II-A, the latest Philippine-made solar car, finished 3rd in the Adventure Class category of the 2013 World Solar Challenge in Australia. Photo courtesy of Donna Manio

PH's solar energy capacity expected to double in 2013

Sep 23, 2013 - 9:32 PM

Philippine Solar Power Alliance says installed capacity of roof top solar power will more than double before 2013 with ERC s approval of net metering rules

SUNNY. Advocates wear sunburst headdresses and pose next to a solar panel. File photo by AFP

Latest PH-made solar car to race in Australia

Sep 19, 2013 - 9:05 AM

Sikat II A will travel 3 000 kilometers to race against other solar cars from around the globe

GAME CHANGER. The solar arrays in Sikat II-A absorb sunlight and transform it into electricity stored in the car's battery. Photo courtesy of Donna Manio

BPI opens first solar-powered branch

May 25, 2013 - 9:12 AM

BPI invested P600 000 into the project which is expected to cut power cost by about 20

SOLAR POWER. Newly-installed BPI President Cezar Consing unveils BPI's first solar powered branch in Ayala. Photo by Lean Santos/Rappler

Solar plane on cross-country US trip

May 04, 2013 - 12:10 PM

The first ever manned airplane that can fly by day or night on the sun s power alone embarks on a cross country journey

SOLAR PLANE TAKES OF. Pilot Bertrand Piccard takes off in the Solar Impulse solar electric airplane at Moffett Field on May 3, 2013 in Mountain View, California. Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are attempting the first cross-continental flight in a solar powered plane that can travel day and night. Photo by Beck Diefenbach/Getty Images/AFP

Solar power can reduce fossil fuel demand

Apr 30, 2013 - 11:57 AM

A brightside to all this heat this summer is the potential of solar power to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels