Inauguration of Solar Plates at SSC
Another event is added to the history of St. Scholastica’s College – Manila: the inauguration of 320 solar plates was held in the morning of December 10, 2014 at the school’s Function Room in St. Cecilia’s building. SSC is one of the private schools in Metro Manila that joined Department of Energy’s solar rooftop project with the cooperation of Propmech Corp., a Filipino-owned business that supplies solar equipment.
SSC’s Acting President Mary Francesca Dizon, OSB opened the event with a brief speech on conserving energy and taking care of Mother Earth’s resources through the use of solar panels. Present at the inauguration were DoE Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Propmech Chief Operating Officer Helen Tong and Directors Gabriel Tong and Glenn Tong. Secretary Petilla discussed the project’s aim to equip private schools with solar plates and at the same time to promote the use of renewable energy. According to him, the project is very simple—SSC, as well as other schools included in the project, do not have to pay for the purchase and installation of their solar panels. Instead, the schools are going to pay DoE for the cost of electricity generated by the power plants, which is cheaper than the average rate charged by Meralco. DoE and Propmech will maintain the solar facilities for 15 years and the schools will get to own the equipment by the time their contract ends. Fr. Austin Cadiz, OSB led the blessing of the solar panels installed at the rooftops of St. Cecilia’s building. The Deans as well as the media correspondents took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The inauguration had a Q&A portion afterwards and ended with lunch at noon.
Nicole Anne Macarandang
Student Council Writer