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.
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.