The Electrical Safety Audit Team headed by its chairman, Engr. Richard O. Lizardo, in coordination with the Center for Continuing Education (CCE) conducted a seminar on Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Fundamental Design and Construction last March 20, 2017 at the Research Conference Room.
The colloquium was participated by the Physical Plant staff, electricians and faculty members from the College of Engineering, particularly from the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering. It aims to educate the participants on the fundamental concepts in the design and construction of Solar PV and other associated principles, especially that the University is now gearing up for the implementation of the 200KW solar energy project worth more than 20 million.
Solar PV System is a power system designed to supply usable power by means of photovoltaic. It consists of an arrangement of several components, including solar panels to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity, a solar inverter to change the electric current from DC to AC, as well as mounting cabling and other electrical accessories to set up a working system.
Solar-PV does not only collect and generate energy; it also saves the environment through the avoidance of the production of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. “With the implementation of the solar energy project, carbon dioxide production will be reduced. This will be one way in contributing to the University’s greening projects and eco-friendly advocacies,” Engr. Lizardo said.
Aside from advocating for a greener society, the project also seeks to achieve energy sustainability and self-sufficiency. Although some believe investing in this kind of technology is expensive, Lizardo emphasized that the benefits of the solar panels will outweigh the cost. Solar PV system bodes well as it contributes to enabling the University to meet our objective of reducing our energy costs, as well as realize a reasonable rate of return of investment, effectively hedging against the projected increases in energy costs in the Philippines and sustaining the ability to meet future energy requirements. “Since we are using non-renewable sources of energy including fossil fuel and coal which are limited sources and the reserves could diminish in the coming years, the price of electricity would be doubled,” said Engr. Lizardo. “This is a practical investment,” he added.
Engr. Lizardo also emphasized that the full support of the University is a key to the successful implementation of the Solar PV project as it is already successfully implemented in other establishments in the city. (Liezel M. Parreño, WMSU-PAO)