By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista expressed plans to install solar panels in all of the city’s 146 public schools to save on utility bills.
With the utility bills expected to soar due to the additional classrooms built by the city government, Bautista said expense saving measures should be in the offing.
He issued the statement during the Local School Board meeting where it was reported the city government had already constructed an adequate number of classrooms and buildings to cope with the increasing number of enrollees in public schools.
“Because of the number of school buildings and classrooms we’ve built and we’ll be building, tataas din yung electricity bills (our electric bills will rise). That’s why it is also a thrust to solarize the 146 schools in QC so that when the electricity bill is reduced, their savings can be used for other education programs,” Bautista said.
The plan is in line with the city’s initiative to be ‘greener’ by using alternative and renewable sources of energy such as solar power.
In 2017, the Quezon City government installed solar panels to three buildings in Commonwealth High School.
Last November, the C40 cities Finance Facility– a network of cities committed to taking action against climate change – pledged to help QC install solar panels in 50 public schools.
“Undeniably, that is the future of Quezon City. I hope that happens in the next administration,” he added.
The city has initiated various programs for climate change mitigation such as the creation of the Local Climate Change Action Plan that identified sectors that emit more greenhouse gases (GHG) and consume more energy.
The city also started to promote green transport by purchasing electronic tricycles and electronic jeepneys and is set to build its own waste-to-energy plant as part of its green waste management program.