Aubrey L. Briton Caesar
P. Palisoc, Ph.D.
Physical Science for Teachers
Question 1: What is the best
energy source for the country?
The Philippines has different sources of
energy, and one of the best renewable sources that we use is the solar energy.
In using this kind of energy, we are helping the environment in lessening the
carbon foot print and the consumption of fossil fuels. The energy that come
from the sun gives us consistent and fixed source of solar power. Some of the provinces
that has the major solar farms in the Philippines are in Batangas, Pamapanga,
Ilocos Norte and Cagayan de Oro.
As long as we are alive and the sun is
still shinning, solar energy will always be here to provide us with the energy
that we need in order to perform different activities. In the installation of
solar energy, they use solar panels that can consume activities in our homes and
to give power to buildings. There is also no need to find a new space for the
instillation of solar panels most especially if it will be placed on a rooftop.
Solar energy is ecofriendly because after the instillation, it will not release
greenhouse gases such as nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide. In this case, we
are helping the environment to become free of different damages. When the
instillation is done, people may now enjoy the benefits of solar energy. During
summer, solar panels are more efficient as the country receives enough
sunlight. Solar cells do not produce any sound or noise and there are no other
parts that are in motion which makes them become long term and need little
maintenance. The country can also provide remote areas with solar panels that
will allow them to have an access to electricity. During day time, solar energy
uses batteries to store extra power that can be used at night. It gives
beneficial effects to human beings as well as in the environment. People in the Philippines may now save a big
savings when it comes to their utility expenditures since they are using the
sun to generate electricity. Even though there are some disadvantages of using
solar energy, there are still bigger percentage of the advantages that we can
get in using it.
According to Solar Panels Philippines, the
country can receive an average of 5.1 KWh per square meter per day because the
country lies near the equator, the solar energy resources in the Philippines
are significantly large. In 2016, the Calatagan Solar Farm has been starting to
create power from the sunlight. In Western Batangas, farmers are generating
electricity instead of growing crops. In 2014, SM North became the largest
solar power mall that has enough power to energized 1K households. The use of
solar energy became more efficient as people use the converted energy from the
sun to do different activities in their homes and work. Solar energy has the
potential to save up to 20% of the total energy that was consumed. It is true
that the installation of solar panels costs a lot but once it’s already
working, the country will enjoy the benefits for many years. It is said that Solar Philippines will soon
begin the construction of its next projects in Mindanao and Luzon that would
generate a total of 500 MW. By this time, the Philippines can become more
productive when it comes with the use of natural resources.