In a move toward sustainability, the rooftop of the Ilocos Norte capitol building is currently undergoing the installation of solar panels.
With this, it aims to achieve long-term cost savings on electricity. It is estimated to cost around PHP45 million, which will be invested by the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
Cipriano Martinez. the acting General Manager of Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (INEC), mentioned that the installation began in December and is expected to conclude soon.
INEC has also been assigned to install solar panels in public hospitals and schools. “Once operational, the solar power project is projected to reach a capacity of 470 kilowatts, significantly reducing the province’s electricity costs by 40 per cent. The power generated by the solar panels will be sold to INEC, contributing to its supply,” said the firm.
Martinez said that the installation aligns with their commitment to providing affordable and stable electricity to their member consumer-owners.
Martinez expressed concern over the delay in issuing these orders and expressed a commitment to rectify the situation, emphasising the significance of the workers working for INEC. Commenting on the workers involved in the project, he said, “Along with the permanent status, the field workers will receive higher salaries and increased risk pay starting this year.