Solar Man


Tech is not the field where Bohol makes a name in. But, in these days of democretized knowledge, local entrepreneurs have taken on app development, architectecture, digital movie making, and also renewable energy.

Victor Luza Labad is the man with the plan, nay the vision, to see Bohol leading the way in the renewable energy industry, and his bets are on solar power.

Vic Labad on quality control inspection duties.
Vic Labad on quality control inspection duties.

We met on the roof of Ocean Suites, a hotel overlooking the Mindanao Sea south of Bohol with a good view of the island of Panglao. It’s a cozy, comfy hotel with wonderful amenities, made for relaxation and contemplation.

View of the Bay atop the hotel
View of the Bay atop the hotel

On the roof, he showed me the panels that have been initially installed and proceeded to show me the other roof deck where more work was to be done, and down below I was made privy to where the inverters were being hooked up.

Luxury and comfort comes with a price for the patrons of a hotel and more so for the owners. Comfort in our tropical climate means airconditioning. And even with the most economical of units, the sheer number of rooms operating aircons, minibars, television, and hot water on demand, would rack up a staggering electricity bill.

Vic explaining the technicalities of solar energy to an interested 10 year old.
Vic explaining the technicalities of solar energy to an interested 10 year old.

As Boholanos learned the hardway, Bohol is still quite dependent on Leyte for it’s power needs, and during periods of power interruptions, establishments have to shell out more for petrol to power generators, to support the energy requirements of its clients.

With the solar panels installed, Ocean Suites hopes to see a 50% reduction in their electricity bill higher to as much as 80% if coupled with a battery hybrid system.

Vic, assures, that we have the technology to support all our power requirements including those who are brave enough to go fully off grid.

What’s next for Labad? Well he is currently on his way to make clients of one of the province’s biggest universities, the island’s biggest mall and contracts with NGO outreaches and many more green converts from all over the country. Stay tuned for more.

Padayon Bohol, thanks Victor.

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