DAVAO LIGHT and Power Company, Inc. (DLPC), a unit of Aboitiz Power Corp., is launching this year a solar power project, with the Sta. Ana National High School (SANHS) in Davao City as pilot site. “Solar for us is a competitor but still we strongly believe in renewable in reducing the carbon footprint,” Rodger S. Velasco, DLPC executive vice president and chief operating officer, told BusinessWorld in an interview. SANHS Principal Evelyn E. Magno said they need the solar project to minimize the school’s electricity expenses, which amounts to as much as P300,000 a month. The solar facility is seen to cut down the monthly cost by about P100,000. “We really need of that solar power to minimize our power expenses. This project will benefit the students,” she said. DLPC recently turned over equipment for the school’s E-laboratory and electrical tools. Mr. Velasco said the donation is part of the company’s social development program under Aboitiz Foundation. “Development skills are among the best things in preparing our young for a bright future ahead of them. In terms of job employment, there is a high demand for electrical skills locally and overseas. DLPC is also hiring more electricians,” he said.— Maya M. Padillo