Demand for solar energy increasing in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY -- The demand for solar energy in Pangasinan has started to perk up in view of the continuously rising cost of electricity, according to the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provincial office.

Jennifer Fernandez, a science research specialist of DOST, said a poultry farm owner from Barangay San Raymundo, Balungao obtained financial assistance of P2 million from DOST to enable him to buy and install 50 solar panels that would generate power for his poultry farm.

Fernandez, during the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) forum in Dagupan City, said the solar panels in the poultry house of Bonifacio Tabrilla is now being installed and will be operational soon.

The Tabrilla poultry farm, she said, is raising 36,000 heads of chicken per production cycle. His solar panel can sustain the power needs of up to 50,000 chicken.

Tabrilla believes he can save a lot of money if he uses solar power in his farm than the conventional source of electricity.

Fernandez said in times when there is respite in chicken production, Tabrilla would sell the electricity that he will produce out of solar energy to the Pangasinan Electric Cooperative III.

Alexa Apostol, also a science research specialist of DOST, said the owner of the Sunny View Farm in Sta. Barbara town also applied for financial assistance from DOST for it to also buy solar panels for its own use.

The company's application, she said, is still being assessed.

Fernandez, meanwhile, said the fish “buro,” or fermented fish mixed with cooked rice from Bayambang town, which was also assisted by DOST, is now being exported to the United States.

She said a technology developed by student researchers of the Pangasinan State University uses condiment that minimizes the odor of the fish “buro.”

Fishes like mudfish (dalag), gourami and tilapia are produced from Bayambang's Mangabul Lake. (PNA)