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Remote, off-grid Island powered through solar energy

TeaM Energy Foundation (TEFI) Executive Director Ricky De Castro (third from left), together with Mayor Arnold Celeste of Bolinao, Pangasinan (leftmost), pose in front of the solar battery charging station in Silaki Island, Bolinao, Pangasinan during the ceremonial switch-on conducted recently.

The 6.4 kilowatt charging station is being utilized by the residents of Silaki Island to charge their car batteries that they use to power the lights and small appliances in their homes.

Prior to the installation of the solar battery charging station, the residents used to take a boat ride to the mainland to get their car batteries charged.

The solar battery charging station was built through the efforts and partnership of TEFI, Electronic Life Technology (ELT), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (PANELCO), and the local government of Bolinao.

Also present during the switch on ceremony are (from left to right): Yang Hee Won, President, ELT; Grace Yeneza, and  Fely Arriola, ADB-Energy for All Initiative; Tomas Camelo, ADB Youth for Asia; Engr. Fredericto Aquino, Area Manager, PANELCO; Dianne Maningding, Program Manager, TEFI; and Gigi Quimson, ADB-Energy for All Initiative.

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