EDC turns over solar lamps

EDC brings light to 80 underserved households in Brgy Minoyan, Murcia, Negros Occidental

Brgy. Minoyan, Municipality of Murcia, Negros Occidental – First Gen-owned 100% renewable energy firm, Energy Development Corporation (EDC), has recently turned over portable solar lamps to 80 beneficiaries in Brgy Minoyan, Municipality of Murcia, Negros Occidental who still have no electricity in their homes. 


The initiative is EDC’s response to Brgy Chairman Eric Espinosa’s concern on the need for alternative power solutions for a number of households in their barangay that still do not have access to electricity, which he and Murcia Mayor Gerry Rojas shared with EDC. 


The actual turnover of the solar lamps happened on June 8, 2023, at the Barangay Minoyan Covered Court. Beneficiaries who were predominantly located in far-flung areas of the barangay expressed immense gratitude upon receiving the solar lamps. Previously relying on traditional gas lamps, these households can now enjoy basic lighting that does not harm the environment and enhances safety and convenience in their daily activities.


“These solar lamps can help improve the quality of life in rural communities by providing a basic level of lighting for households. Thank you, EDC,” Exec. Asst. II Erwin Apua, Office of the Mayor, Municipality of Murcia, said.


EDC remains committed to elevating the lives of its partners in progress from its host communities as part of its mission to forge collaborative pathways for a decarbonized and regenerative future. 

“May this simple gesture light up hope for a better future for all recipients of the solar lamps who will now be able to study, work, and bond with their family even at night,” said Norreen G. Bautista, EDC’s head of Corporate Relations in Negros Island.

EDC is First Gen Corporation’s 100 percent renewable energy subsidiary with over 1,480MW total installed capacity that accounts for 20 percent of the country’s total installed renewable energy capacity. Its almost 1,200MW geothermal portfolio comprises 62 percent of the country’s total installed geothermal capacity and has put the Philippines on the map as the 3rd largest geothermal producer in the world.