According to cleantechnica.com, Petilla continued to endorse the effectiveness of rooftop panels by saying, “we must clarify that the equipment only entails one-time cost, not repeated costs. Also, private citizens can actually benefit more for own-use of RE such as solar, wind and biomass in self-generation of electricity for their own use.”
With fewer strings attached, solar reliance looks like a no brainer for the Philippines however currently, the country is 90% dependent on imported fossil fuels which exposes the country to unstable energy prices. However, continuing to invest in rooftop solar panels– which will significantly boost the country’s renewable energy generation – could help it reduce its dependence on expensive and dirty sources of energy while saving money in the process. This would also give a country recovering from a 7.1 magnitude earthquake a strong energy source to depend on amidst crucial rebuilding efforts.
Petilla was also quick to highlight the multiple benefits of rooftop solar energy. “With the introduction of the country’s net-metering act in 2008, solar panel users can sell excess power back to the grid, receiving credits that lower households’ utility bills.” (tcktcktck.org).
“By having solar panels installed, homeowners are more interested in their own energy consumption, bringing about behavior change,” said Petilla.