[Originally published on June 2020 at bit.ly/bgsportsspecial]

The Marist School’s solar photovoltaic rooftop (PV) system was officially inaugurated last October 21, 2019 at the Senior High School Auditorium, addressing the need to make use of renewable energy for a more sustainable future.

Project manager Ralf Klett of Energisto Philippines, a German company that offers services of planning and installing photovoltaic panels, opened the event by thanking the school for its initiative of using renewable energy.

Meanwhile, city mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro expressed his gratefulness in the school’s participation in the local environmental efforts.

“What better venue to teach the concern of sustainability but through education. Education for sustainability will widely develop the skills and values necessary for our students to act in ways that contribute towards a sustainable pattern of livings,” Mayor Teodoro said.

Grade 12 students of the STEM strand also shared facts and details about the PV system, with insights from Mr. Klett given during a session prior to the event.

Source: Marikina Public Information Office

The event ended with a ceremonial ribbon cutting with school president Br. Niño Pizarro,
FMS, school principal Mr. John Benjamin Balatbat, Mr. Stefan Schmitz of the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Antrak Philippines Transport Solutions Corporation, Mr. Klett, Mayor Teodoro, and school administration.

In attendance were parent representatives, school personnel, and student leaders.

How the system works

A PV system converts light into electricity using semiconducting materials that possess the photovoltaic effect.

The installed solar PV systems are found on the roofs of the elementary and senior high school buildings that produce 460,000 kilowatt-hour (kWh) for a total school consumption of 300,000 kWh.

Excess power of up to 100,000 kWh may be bought by Meralco through reduction of the school’s electricity bill, while the rest are transferred to the installed inverters in the campus. Vincent Chua and Angelo Alfonso // Featured photo from Mr. Roy Peterson Nepomuceno

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