When I lived in the USA, having electricity 99.999% of the year was expected. We never expected to go without electricity. Here in the Philippines - even with the best intentions - this is not the case. Even with this being the 21st century, not all of the Philippines has access to electricity. My wife Rose experienced never having electricity growing up (in the jungles of Leyte), and for obvious reasons as you can imagine. But when I chose to live here, I made it extremely clear that we would be living in an area that provided electricity. Maybe I should have been more clear. Maybe I should have said, "We need to have electricity 99.999% of the year." Instead, I left out that small caveat.
What do I mean by that? Hmmm? Let me put it this way... even though we have power companies that produce electricity, the Philippines still has frequent power outages. Power outages that can last for several minutes to up to several days. Sometimes they are caused by typhoons ( we average about 20 per season ), but other outages, I am not sure why they happen.
So today, Rose and I took a field trip to the island's utility company in an effort to learn how we could work around some of these power outage issues. Walking into TIELCO, Rose was greeted by a super sharp person by the name of Dennis. He answered many of our questions and he further went on to discuss the future power production process - Solar Power. It's possible that solar power will add to the island's power grid, but Dennis brought up something that was very interesting.
What did Dennis bring up? He suggested we install a solar power system at our residence, and if we produce surplus power, then we can turn around and sell it to the utility company. So instead of us paying for electricity every month, the electric company pays us for the electricity. Wow, that's a change that I really like!
So when Rose and I finished our enlightening conversation with Dennis at the electric company, we excitedly talked about having a solar power generating system at our home next year. I don't think it will be a solar farm (harvesting electricity instead of harvesting crops), but we'll create more than enough to power our home and hopefully help the electric company meet a small portion of its demands :-)
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