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Solar farms instead of nuclear power plant reopening, Sen. Zubiri says

Tacloban City (February 25) -- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, on February 24, appealed to his former House allies that instead of pushing for the reopening of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), they could instead look into the feasibility of setting up solar farms in the country's eastern coastline.

Instead of spending billions of dollars to reopen the Bataan Nuclear Plant, the amount could be used to build solar farms across the Philippine eastern seaboard and harvest the power which is clean and renewable, Senator Zubiri said in a statement which he made following the call made by several members of the Lower House urging Senate to work with them in formulating a concrete policy on nuclear power for the country.

The measure pending before the House committee on appropriations attracted the attention not only of the people living near the BNPP, but also of the Greenpeace movement

On Monday, youth and parish delegations, and civil society groups converged at the Balanga Cathedral after staging a rally protesting the reopening of the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant.

Although, Senator Zubiri is open to new types of technology for energy production he, however, stressed that priorities right now should be the "promotion of the renewable energy" which utilizes wind, solar, geothermal, hydro-electronic and bio-mass production of energy.

"Let's give it a chance and let's help make the Philippines the "Renewable Energy Capital of the world," Senator Zubiri said explaining that with the promotion of renewable energy, nuclear energy may no longer be necessary.

Senator Zubiri noted that the Philippines has enough wind to produce an additional 1500 megawatts of energy, and sufficient geothermal reserves to produce an over a thousand megawatts of energy, adequate "to offset the need for nuclear power." (PIA 8) [top]

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