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Lake Balanan
to use green energy
BY MARICAR ARANAS

The Balanan Lake Development Authority has decided to adapt solar power for lighting the path walk connecting facilities and amenities around the lake in Barangay Sandulot, Siaton, Negros Oriental.

An initial 25 units of solar lamps will be installed and will replace the existing ordinary lamp at the path walk.

Board Member Erwin Michael Macias, newly elected vice chairman of BLDA said, power from solar energy will compliment the government’s campaign on green and clean energy. It will also help reduce electric consumption.

The solar lamps are expected to have a lifespan of 3-5 years depending on the extent of use. They only have to make sure that the solar panel is properly handled to prevent breakage.

Macias said they are also contemplating to convert all lighting facilities of Balanan lake into solar lamps. Some cottages can also be converted into solar homes where lighting and electric appliances will use power from solar energy.

He added that his office will present the proposal to Gov. Roel Degamo, since it will incur a huge amount to purchase a solar panel that has a bigger capacity. The advantage of solar power is that it does not require huge costs for maintenance, he said.

The lake now drawn income of at least P 2.2 million from 2008 to 2010, since it was opened to the public.

He said Balanan Lake would be the first resort that uses power from solar energy and this will become an added attraction for the tourist and other visitors.

Lake Balanan is one of the leading tourism destinations in Negros Oriental as a natural upland natural resort. The lake is also a favorite haven for bird watchers, hobbyist and wildlife photographers.*MA

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