Manila seminary now powered by solar energy

Manila seminary now powered by solar energy

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle leads the inauguration of the solar power facility at the Holy Apostles Senior Seminary in Makati City Sept. 17. PHOTO FROM RCAM-AOC

By CBCP News

September 26, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Manila archdiocese-run major seminary got a little more eco-friendly this month.

The Holy Apostles Senior Seminary (HASS) in Makati City is now powered by solar energy

No less than Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle led the blessing and inauguration of the facility on Sept. 17.

At least 72 units of solar panels were installed at the HASS that can cover up to 43 percent of the power requirement of the seminary.

Fr. Roy Decena, acting Rector and Dean of Seminarians at HASS, said the use of solar energy supports the church’s teaching on the care of creation.

The solar installations were made possible with the help of WeGen Distributed Energy Philippines.

“This demonstrates the shared commitment of the Archdiocese of Manila, WeGen and the seminary community in heeding Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home as articulated in the encyclical Laudato Si,” Fr. Decena said.

Since 2018, Caritas Philippines and WeGen have also been working to install and operate solar power systems in dozens of dioceses across the country.