Lawmaker urges action on solar power

Published November 12, 2018, 8:26 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

A woman lawmaker wants to look into the economic and financial viability of solar power as a major source of energy in the country in a bid to establish a uniform policy for its generation, distribution, and use.

Sorsogon Rep. Evelina Escudero batted for the use of solar power, which is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available in the world.

She said it is about time to make solar power accessible and affordable by institutionalizing government policy intervention and allowing private participation.

“Such potent source of energy must not only be harnessed but made available to the public as the major alternative, if not primary, source of energy,” she said.

“However, the capital cost may not be that affordable to every Filipino especially with a relatively longer return on investment of five to seven years depending on the capacity of the solar power installed,” Escudero said.

She said it is incumbent upon the government to ensure the preservation, maintenance and proper use of all sources of energy and other natural resources.

“Republic Act 9513, or the Renewable Energy Act, may not be enough to completely promote and transform solar energy as a significant major source of energy,” she said.

“The government may need to intercede more to make solar power accessible and affordable by bringing down its cost and allowing private participation among all qualified players without limiting it to only one or two entities,” Escudero said.