Greenpeace busts myths on Renewable Energy with The Solar Rooftop Challenge

Greenpeace launches its Solar Rooftop Challenge at the Bonfocaio High Street on June 15, 2016. Greenpeace

Greenpeace launches its Solar Rooftop Challenge at Bonifacio High Street on June 15, 2016.

Renewable Energy advocates (from left) Illac Diaz , Jun Sabayton, Jasmin Curtis-Smith and Saab Magalona graced the launching of the Greenpeace Solar Rooftop Challenge  at the Bonifacio High Street on June 15, 2016. The Solar Rooftop Challenge is a massive information campaign that highlights the potentials of producing solar energy in the Philippines. It creates a platform for young and urban Filipinos to join the discussion on renewable energy, particularly the use of solar energy.

The Solar Rooftop Challenge highlights the benefits of using solar and busts misguided notions that hinder individuals and companies from taking it up. By showcasing existing solar rooftop installations of urban middle class households, celebrities, churches, schools, government buildings and private establishments, and through sharing empowering stories of people who have joined the solar rooftop revolution in the country awareness of solar energy is

The launch event featured informative lectures and discussions by Obet Verzola, author of the book Crossing Over: the Energy Transition to Renewable Energy and Executive Director of Center for Renewable Electricity Strategies (CREST), and Dann Diez, Executive Director of Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities, who presented data and experiences showing that solar energy installation is affordable, accessible and more cost-effective in the long run.

The launch also unveiled the video series JuanaSolar Busts a Myth in Minutes, which features celebrity advocates Saab Magalona, Yam Concepcion and Dingdong Dantes busting the myths surrounding the use of solar energy. The videos debunk the myths that solar energy is expensive, unreliable, impractical, uneconomic, and beyond the reach of the average Filipino.

The Solar Rooftop Challenge also happens at the same time that the Philippine government is starting its comprehensive review of the country’s energy policy in order to reduce dependence on coal and come up with a national framework for a just transition to renewable energy and a low-carbon economic pathway.

By telling empowering stories, the Solar Rooftop Challenge showed that the solar revolution is already happening in many parts of the country – from a solar-powered church, to solar-powered schools, malls, and many households. It aims to serve as a platform for the thousands of Filipinos who have already embraced the solar revolution to show and tell their stories as well as exchange and share ideas and information to persuade other people who are keen on taking up the challenge of producing their own clean and renewable electricity from their rooftops.

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