TAGBILARAN CITY, April 16 (PIA) —With a new 100-kilowatt solar energy facility, Holy Name University (HNU) in Bohol now holds the country’s record for the biggest thin-film-solar module technology.


HNU is an educational institution run by the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) or the Society of the Divine Word.


Solar facility installers ORION group International Incorporated said HNU is the first institution in the country to use cutting edge 100-kilowatt photo-voltaic solar technology to tap and harness the solar energy for school use.


The facility stands as a testament of HNU’s environmental concern as well as their commitment to advancement of green technologies.


The new power generating facility produces an estimated combined energy to run about 120 air conditioning units. But this covers only 1/6 of the school’s requirements, according to Fr. Francisco Estepa, SVD, school president.


The facility uses 1080 photo voltaic cells which is now lined up at the roof top of HNU’s Scanlon Building in their Dampas Campus.


HNU, a school which has always impressed and advocated for clean energy, said the use of clean energy that reduces carbon footprint contribute to the universal effort to minimize the threats of global warming.


During the project launching at the HNU Scanlon Building on April 15, HNU trustee and nationally acclaimed physicist, electronics expert, and school administrator Dr. Christopher Bernido called the SVD achievement as pioneering in the country’s solar energy advancement.


ORION Group President Engr. Rynor Jamandre said the HNU facility saves the world 11,251 gallons of gasoline, or some equivalent of 48 metric tons of coal.


In modern waste recycling facilities converting for energy, the facility equals the energy generated from burning 35.8 metric tons of weight, he said.


This, he pointed out, redounds to an average of 109,000 monthly savings in power bills for the school as it is capable of producing 145,000 kilowatts annually.


Well beyond the usual solar energy harnessed for stand-alone lighting and minimal industrial use, the HNU solar energy facility is tied to the local grid as the installation of battery banks holding the generated power proves expensive, Jamandre said.