Bacolod: Solar powered Capitol eyed

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Bacolod City – The provincial government of Negros Occidental is studying the possibility of installing solar panels on the rooftop of the Capitol building and surrounding buildings as part of its efforts to cut its power consumption.

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said that the provincial government has initiated cost-cutting measures even before the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russia that drove up the prices of oil in the world market.

Diaz disclosed that Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson had already authorized a study to be conducted by one of the consultants of Capitol to install solar panels.

β€œIn the long run power at the Capitol will be from renewable energy,” he said, adding that they are hopeful that the plan will be implemented before the year ends.

This is part of the aim of the governor to save on the expenses of the provincial government on electricity and fuel consumption at the Capitol, Diaz said.

β€œWe have discouraged travel that is not important due to high cost of fuel,” Diaz said adding that carpooling is encouraged.

He added that the savings on the budget for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) is used to fund the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) bonus for employees at the end of the year. (Gilbert Bayoran via tvd, photo by tvds)

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