Renewable Energy for a Progressive Community

March 6, 2019

ASSIST, in partnership with SolarNRG and the University of Makati (UMak), held the project closing ceremony of accessRE: Promoting Access to Solar Energy Solutions for Small Buildings in the Philippines last February 26. Certificates were given to the trainees who successfully completed the project’s solar technicians training program.

The accessRE project promotes the use of renewable energy while providing employment opportunities in the solar energy industry of the Philippines. Through this project, multi-sectoral dialogues, community awareness sessions, and renewable energy classes were facilitated.

A training center was also built on the grounds of UMak. This became the site of the solar technicians training. A total of 112 trainees have been trained under the program which covered various concepts, procedures, and safety practices in solar installation through classroom-based lectures and hands-on training.

Through his determination and hard work, Jezzrel Rafil, one of the trainees, was eventually employed by SolarNRG Philippines as one of its solar technicians and team lead. “The [accessRE project] really helped my family, especially with the education of my sibling. I can now provide allowance and at the same time, provide financial assistance to my parents,” Jezzrel said.

Three solar panel installations were piloted through the project as well. Durable and cost-efficient solar panels were installed in three selected community-relevant facilities: a nursing home in Marikina City, a foundation and special school in Parañaque City, and a montessori integrated school in Antipolo City.

Mike Consenheim, country manager of SolarNRG Philippines, said that solar energy solutions can be promoted by raising awareness about the benefits of solar technology in schools. “This [training on solar technology] doesn’t just allow people to work at companies but also give them the opportunity to start their own business,” he added.

The accessRE project was implemented by ASSIST, with co-financing from SolarNRG and KfW DEG and in partnership with UMak.