[Klima Reports] Regreening Mindanao grid

2022-11-28T03:48:01+08:0027 Nov 2022|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the shift to renewables, all hands should be on-deck, from government actors, private stakeholders, the academe, and the community. In this two-part story, our Klima Fellows Germelina Lacorte and Barry Ohaylan speak with academics and engineers from the Ateneo de Davao University to learn about their efforts in greening their university and in extension, Davao City and Mindanao.

[Klima Reports] Solar power lights up, enhances productivity in remote SouthCot IP village

2022-11-28T03:31:02+08:0027 Nov 2022|Tags: , , , |

The indigenous Manobo community in Sitio Blit in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato used to be shrouded in darkness, until a government project called “tala” (star) lit up their homes using solar power. This special report by Bong Sarmiento and Carolyn Arguillas, our Klima Fellows from Mindanews, takes us to this foggy village in Mindanao, where households benefit from renewable energy.

[Klima Reports] Solar empowers Pala’wan indigenous women to save basketry tradition, natural forest

2022-11-28T03:30:30+08:0027 Nov 2022|Tags: , , , |

In the mountainous Sitio Kamantian in Palawan province, the indigenous Pala’wan women turn to solar power not only to light up their community, but to save their long tradition to weave baskets, traditionally called “tingkep.” This story by Keith Anthony Fabro and Jee Geronimo, our Klima Fellows from Rappler, explores how renewable energy lights up an indigenous village, empowers women to uphold their traditions, and helps save the natural forests.

Tacloban steers local climate solutions 9 years after Haiyan

2022-11-15T11:54:33+08:0011 Nov 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

TACLOBAN CITY, 11 November 2022 – Taclobanons continue to power their communities with portable solar energy systems, strengthening their climate and disaster resilience nine years after Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit the city. Barangay officials and electricians, government trainers, and humanitarian workers assembled seven portable solar-powered devices or TekPaks as part of the three-day Solar Scholars [...]

PHL urged to decentralize power generation with more solar plants [BusinessWorld]

2022-09-12T21:35:07+08:0011 Sep 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , |

THE Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said the Philippines needs to move towards more “distributed” power generation, which would involve the construction of more solar generation facilities while abandoning the current model of centralized baseload power, currently dominated by coal-fired plants. In an e-mail interview on Sept. 9, Pedro H. Maniego, senior policy advisor of ICSC, a climate and energy policy group, said that the dependence on coal renders the Philippines vulnerable to volatile international energy prices, and put forward solar as an alternative.

NGO says RE plants prone to fewer outages than coal-fired facilities

2021-10-19T23:10:11+08:0014 Oct 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

by Angelica Y. Yang | October 14, 2021 | Published by BusinessWorld | READ THE STORY HERE Non-government organization (NGO) Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) said Thursday that renewable energy (RE) facilities are more reliable than coal-run plants, citing data on outages from the wholesale electricity spot market. In a virtual briefing, ICSC Energy [...]

ICSC recognized as an awardee of the Shine COVID-19 Recovery Fund

2021-10-01T16:04:46+08:0001 Oct 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Out of more than 264 submissions, the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (ICSC) is one of the twelve (12) recipients of The Shine Campaign's COVID-19 Recovery Fund from Asia and Africa. ICSC was recognized for its work with Sulong Sulu-an, a community all-women self-help group leading renewable energy efforts in Sulu-an Island, Guiuan, Eastern [...]

ICSC on ANC: The economic benefits of transitioning from coal to renewable energy

2019-05-17T15:27:09+08:0016 Apr 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

(Posted on Early Edition on ANC, April 16, 2019) ICSC senior policy advisor Atty. Pete Maniego tells Michelle Ong about the economic benefits of transitioning from coal to renewable energy and from centralized to distributed generation systems in today's Early Edition on ANC.

Paying it forward: Haiyan survivors light the way in Mangkhut response

2019-03-09T11:21:33+08:0025 Oct 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Text and photos by AC Dimatatac As a photojournalist who has experience in documenting humanitarian response, I have witnessed how responders usually focus on water, livelihood, health and living conditions, but overlook energy, no matter how vital it is. I was excited to join the Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) rapid assessment team of ACT Alliance last month [...]

Philippines’ first solar factory promises bright energy future

2019-03-07T13:22:07+08:0025 Aug 2017|Tags: , , , , |

By Ping Manongdo, Eco-Business, 25 August 2017Project developer Solar Philippines opened the country’s first photovoltaic (PV) panel factory on Wednesday, a facility which was inaugurated by President Rodrigo Duterte and hailed by observers as a step forward in helping ease the Filipinos’ energy woes and advancing the country’s climate fight. Solar Philippines’ factory is located in Santo Tomas, Batangas, a province [...]