BAGUIO CITY — Former Baguio City Councilor Gladys A. Vergara initiated the “Glad to be Green” Project in Baguio City with a donation of 14 solar-powered street lights and posts installed around the Church of Our Lady of Atonement (Baguio Cathedral).

The PHP1.4-million project was turned over to the Parish Monday night and was accepted by Baguio City Vicariate Bishop Carlito Cenzon and Parish Priest Felimon William.

The project is a partnership between Vergara and Guam Consortium represented by its president, Chit Sarmiento.

Vergara said the project aims to make Baguio City the first solar energized city in the country and the installation at the Baguio Cathedral will serve as a model for other projects in the future.

Vergara is encouraging institutions and business establishments in the city to shift the clean and renewable energy at no cost to the owners.

The project will provide the technical assistance to include planning, provision of parts and materials, installation and continuous consultancy even after the solar facilities have been installed and functioning.

The “Glad to be Green” investment will only be recovered through computed performance savings.

The “Glad to be Green” advocacy also aims to reach the barangay level where households and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can link up with a solar farm.

The cost in setting up a solar farm may be shouldered by the local government unit (LGU).

Vergara said the LGU counterpart will include a parcel for the installation of the solar farm. PNA