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Empowering the Future through Solar Energy

In a world where excess is a way of life, love for the environment  and the minimalist lifestyle is a dying breed. But Honorio “Rod” Tolentino, President of NickelPhil Consultants and LEDS Lighting Systems, Inc. stays optimistic.

A licensed geologist by profession, who also happens to be a strong advocate of responsible mining, decided to think of a way where he can harness energy from a source that is not harmful to the environment.  Seeing the destructive side of mining, he decided to take advantage of this free energy provided by the sun.

One of his inventions, a mobile streetlight (humorously called their Power Kariton) runs on solar energy, has already won an award in Singapore. He firmly believes that through renewable energy, we can help our environment avoid deterioration.

“Solar energy is the simplest form of renewable energy. It has the lowest need for maintenance, and it can be easily operated. All you need is a nice spot to catch the sun’s rays and you are ready to go.”- Rod Tolentino

One of the good things about going solar is that it can provide anyone with a reliable source of energy. From a corporate perspective, for example, having solar energy as your power source can also provide backup whenever there’s brownout. In other words, Meralco won’t cripple your business (or even your household) due to its loss of power supply.

Solar energy can also be stored in batteries for future use. When it comes to its disadvantages, Rod can’t see anything aside from the battery’s disposal. But even the batteries are recyclable.

Join MissTolentino.com  as we take a closer look at this ingenious way of harnessing energy.

 

Husband & Wife duo, Rod & Lyn, together with their team welcome us into their impressive solar powered home and office. Here the couple pose with solar panels and solar powered golf cart.

Husband and Wife, Rod and Lyn, together with their team welcome us into their impressive solar powered home and office. Here the couple pose with their Power Kariton and solar powered golf cart.

A sample of the solar panels used to light their impressive home.  These babies were currently being charged in their driveway when we took snapshots.

Introducing the Power Kariton. These are the solar panels used to light their impressive home. These babies were currently being charged on their driveway when MissTolentino.com arrived.

A geologist by profession, Rod Tolentino shows off his solar powered golf cart his kids use for small errands (and play) around their community.

A geologist by profession, Honorio “Rod” Tolentino, President of NickelPhil Consultants and LEDS Lighting Systems, Inc. shows off his solar powered golf cart he himself designed. Currently this prototype is being used by his kids for errands (and play) around their community.

The minimalist approach yet well powered home of Rod functions as showcase for clients who are interested in powering their homes and businesses with solar energy.

The minimalist approach yet well powered home of Rod functions as showcase for clients who are interested in powering their homes and businesses with solar energy.

A view of a hallway leading to guest rooms is well lit with solar powered lights. The transition to LED lights has significantly lowered their energy consumption by 30-40%.

A view of a hallway leading to guest rooms is well lit with solar powered lights. The transition to LED lights has significantly lowered their energy consumption by 30-40%.

True to its pursuit, the whole office and house of Rod Tolentino is powered by solar energy.

True to its pursuit, the whole office and house of Rod Tolentino is powered on solar energy.

The official story and interview with Rod and his journey towards energy sustainability will come out in the August-October issue of the Philippine Resources Journal.

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