'Solar Scholars' Trained in Disaster Response

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines — A nongovernmental organization has trained 31 €œsolar scholars from areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda€ across the Visayas on the use of renewable energy in disaster preparedness.

The workshop in Tacloban City conducted by the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, which started Monday and ended Wednesday, is part of its RE-Charge Tacloban project, which seeks to encourage the use of renewable energy in the wake of Yolanda.

The solar scholars from Panay, the Samar provinces, Palo and Tacloban in Leyte, were joined by volunteers from the aid group Oxfam based in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Participants to the workshop, some of them from communities with no regular supply of electricity, learned about renewable energy and climate change and how to operate the €œRE-Charge TekPak,€ described as €œa portable community solar system capable of powering laptops and lights, charging cell phones and radios, and powering medical services and other community needs.€

The RE-Charge Tekpak is made of 100-watt solar panels, three LED light bulbs, an inverter and batteries contained in a watertight case. (Lottie Salarda, InterAksyon.com)

Editor’s Note: This article is reposted from InterAksyon.com May 28, 2015Featured image is from Lottie Saladra’s facebook profile.