THE GIFT OF SOLAR FOR THE AETAS IN ZAMBALES

The Story of Solaric and the Goat

 

Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
February 20, 2019

 

This recent Solaric weekend was all about radical 4×4 vehicles, a relief mission, lechon for an appetizer, SAF commandos, and bartering goats for solar panels in the Philippines!

 

Solar sparks joy

Solar sparks joy

We received a request to give some solar to spark some Joy for the Aetas in Zambales and combine it with a camping trip in Lake Mapanuepe. Never heard of it? Well, it is a lake formed by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, located an hour North of Subic. At Solaric, we pride ourselves in providing energy solutions for every Juan – rich, poor, or even the most remote indigenous tribes.

 

So we went on a mission: special delivery for outreach goods. Clothes, water filtration systems, hundreds of children’s slippers and of course, Solaric to donate portable solar kits for the nomadic Aeta people.

 

How we got there

How we got there

The final hour of driving was challenging as the only approach is a Lahar river bed and no manmade roads. We had to use winches, tow straps, and recovery bars to get our 30+ vehicle convoy through the Lahar wasteland. It’s like driving on the surface of the moon to get to this secluded and pristine lake! Technical 4×4 action was needed because there was a near overheat, small river crossing challenges, and endless kilometers of lahar driving at full speed. It was like a scene out of Mad Max!

 

Solar for goats

Solar for goats

We traveled so far into the impenetrable interior of Zambales where money means nothing and electricity means everything. Alex Pangan, a member of the Aeta tribe, wanted to get one of our camp solar panels in exchange one of his goats – because his goats were valuable to him. Alex literally owns one light bulb. His only source for light is walking one entire day to charge a 12v motorcycle battery, pay 20 pesos per charge, and hike back two hills behind the lake. He repeats this every week. He has 4 children and they use that meager light to study and do homework. He wanted to get the solar panel so he does not have to use his limited hard currency for electricity.

 

We respectfully declined his offer of a beautiful, unblemished #goat for #Solar panels. His story and his understanding of the importance of renewable energy were more than enough. We provided hope and energy in the Philippines through solar panels where it really mattered. Sharing light and giving power is what truly defines Solaric.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Backed by decades of experience, Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Solaric is the recognized leader in solar panel installations in the Philippines. The Solaric installers and engineers are well-known troubleshooting experts. They work hard to ensure that solar panel systems run efficiently and seamlessly, so that every single homeowner with rooftop solar can enjoy the benefits of clean and renewable power. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

 

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Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.