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Solar-energy firm may hold answer to power crisis

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—A Filipino company that provides renewable-energy solutions for all types of property owners said that solar energy is still the best option to solve the so-called Mindanao power crisis.

The thumbing down by the Department of Energy of solar energy as a solution to the power crisis in southern Philippines is “not a hindrance or a barrier” in the pursuit of lasting and ultimately cheaper power sources in Mindanao, said Winston Lorenzana Mendoza, chief executive officer of Mendoza Solar Llc.

The company is an energy firm registered in California and Nevada, USA. It provides renewable-energy solutions for all types of property owners. Its Philippine subsidiary, Lim Solar Philippines, is the biggest promoter in the country of the use of state-of-the-art portable fuel cell electric systems that address base energy needs, especially of remote areas.

Lim Solar, which is also chaired by Mendoza, has an ongoing solar integration and development projects with De La Salle University, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and Camp Aguinaldo, among others.

Another company under the Mendoza Group, the Lorenzana Energy International—a provider of global energy solutions—also has ongoing solar integration and development projects in Malaysia, Hawaii, Guam, California and Nevada.

“Solar energy as well as other renewable-energy sources is very appropriate for Mindanao if we look at the long term and the impact of climate change, which exacerbates natural phenomena such as typhoons and storms. For the last several years, Mindanao is now the favorite of natural disasters, whose impacts were exacerbated by climate change-inducing fossil fuels. We can no longer afford to let Mindanao suffer. Solar energy is abundant in the island and it provides clean energy,” Mendoza said.

Mendoza said that for Mindanao, Lim Solar is willing to offer electric cooperatives very minimal prices for solar power as well as a 100-percent financing scheme for residential and small businesses.

“For Mindanao, I will offer P7.47 per kWh to the electric cooperatives and large megawatt level users and P8.50 to small users. I will also straight finance the residentials and small businesses,” he said.

Mendoza said he will be in Cagayan de Oro City on May 3 for a “lunch and learn” session with decision-makers in Mindanao.

“I am now concentrating in Mindanao because of the energy crisis,” he said.

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