local community meeting about solar power
Schools are an integral part of any local community. It's success relies heavily on community members and families who do their share of supporting our students and faculty members. Foundation University's solar project, though at 45% presently, has made quite a substantial provision for its power needs that part of it's purpose is to benefit the local community nearby.
The Philippines where Dumaguete City is located is inside the typhoon belt of the Pacific which is hit by an average of 20 typhoons per year, Typhoon Rai as the most recent. Foundation University being located in this area has included in its contingency plan to open it as an emergency shelter in cases of natural disasters. The shelter can provide reliable electricity that can be used for lighting, electric fan access and outlets for charging and communications.
Another positive relevance is for the community's health and air quality. As the solar power source is clean energy emanating from the sun,it does not produce air pollution, water pollution or greenhouse gases. The installaiton of solar panels has long been cutting the school's carbon footprint and that of the local community which contributed in improving the air quality ultimately reducing smog, acid rain and other damaging emissions.
Known as the champion for the most eco-friendly and sustainable university in the Philippines, it makes us a visible reminder to the local community and even to the whole world that we care for our students, the community and the environment.
The sun provides more than enough energy to meet the whole world's energy needs. As a renewable energy source, it's only limitation is our ability to turn it into electricity in an efficient and cost-effective way. We are still trying to raise more funds hoping to accomplish 100% solar power but this has really been hampered so much during the 2 year pandemic which at this point is still ongoing.
local kids enjoying the clean air
grateful for their health and the fresh air