TSU, DA RFO III launch integrated solar-powered generator to farmers in Balanti  

Date Posted: 08/27/2020

Tarlac State University together with the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office III (DA-RFO III) has conducted the ceremonial power-on and field testing of the integrated solar power generator and water/irrigation pump for the local farmers of Brgy. Balanti, Tarlac City today, August 27, 2020.
This also marks the official launching of the TSU and DA-RFO III joint project entitled "Development, Fabrication and Performance Evaluation of an Integrated Solar Power Generator and Water/Irrigation Pump" where it aims to benefit the local farmers, livestock owners, and SUC agricultural institutions through water supply security and agricultural technology innovation.
Led by Prof. Rodel T. Botio and Dr. Armee N. Rosel (Vice President for Research and Extension Services), the project has already reached its second phase (pilot testing) where it will next undergo performance evaluation.
From an earlier interview, Prof. Botio has enthusiastically relayed that when the water irrigation pump is not in use, farmers can use the generated electricity to power up their own homes.
"TSU has helped frontliners during the pandemic. This time, TSU is also helping the "backliners" — the farmers that continuously work even with the pandemic," Botio said. [Jodie Andrea Pangilinan]
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