August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

HNU Bohol owns PH’s largest thin-film solar power facility

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 16, (PIA) —With a new 100 kilowatt solar energy facility capable of, Holy Name University (HNU) in Bohol now holds the country’s record for the biggest thin-film-solar module technology. 

HNU, an educational institution run by the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) or the Society of the Divine Word, said that the facility stands as a testament of their environmental concern as well as their commitment to the advancement of green technologies. 

The new power generating facility produces an estimated combined energy to run about 120 air conditioning units however covers only 1/6 of the schools requirements, according to Fr. Francisco Estepa, SVD, school President. 

Solar facility installers, ORION group International Incorporated said HNU is the first institution in the country to use cutting edge 100 kilowatt photo-voltaic solar technology to tap and harness the solar energy for school use. 
The facility uses 1080 photo voltaic cells which is now line up at the roof top of HNU’s Scanlon Building, in their Dampas Campus. 

HNU, a school which has always impressed and advocated for clean energy said the use of clean energy that reduces carbon footprint contribute to the universal effort to minimize the threats of global warming. 

During the project launching at the HNU Scanlon Building, April 15, HNU trustee and nationally acclaimed physicist, electronics expert and school administrator Dr. Christopher Bernido called the SVD achievement as pioneering in the country’s solar energy advancement. 

He also detailed how people have been consuming energies from the earth and then from the sun.

ORION group president, Engr. Rynor Jamandre said that the HNU facility saves the world 11,251 gallons of gasoline, or some equivalent of 48 metric tons of coal. 

In modern waste recycling facilities converting for energy, the HNU facility equals the energy generated from burning 35.8 metric tons of weight, he illustrated. 

This, he pointed out, redounds to an average of 109,000 monthly savings in power bills for the school as it is capable of producing 145,000 kilowatts annually. 

Well beyond the usual solar energy harnessed for stand-alone lighting and minimal industrial use, the HNU solar energy facility however is tied to the local grid, as the installation of battery banks holding the generated power proves expensive, Engr, Jamandre said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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