A recent story in the Panay News got my attention. Plastic bottles being transformed into solar bulbs. We've got a load of empty Coke bottles in our kitchen filled with water. They're on emergency standby to flush the toilet in our CR (Comfort Room) in case NAWASA (National Water and Sanitation Association of the Philippines) doesn't turn the water on one of the three appointed days we do have tubig (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. If you want to get together with me sometime on those days to share a few bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen, it will have to be after lunch. The water is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am but doesn't get going until 10:45 or later. It's my job to fill all of our water barrels so any consumption of adult beverages has to be delayed on those particular days.)
The article I'm referring to stated that the provincial government in Cebu has required all local government units (LGUs) to start collecting 1.5-liter plastic bottles that will be converted into solar bottle bulbs (SBBs) as part of its push for a greener and healthier province. I just love acronyms, don't you? I thought I had escaped those when I left AT&T (American Telephone and Telegraph.) This solar power project has been added to Cebu's E-Gwen (Expanded Green, Wholesome Environment that Nurtures) contest.
But enough about acronyms, unless you're talking about SMBs. Governor Gwendolyn Garcia's Executive Order 18 (which makes me wonder how long she has been in office if she is only up to the number eighteen in Executive Orders) states that local officials must start collecting the bottles as these will be made into SBBs by the inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) and the Department of Education (DepEd) (Sorry, I sneaked some more acronyms in there.)
So I thought that making the solar bulbs was a great idea. A recent post from Monty "The Iceman" concerning a home he is having built in the Philippines had some comments loaded with some good information from George, Don, Tom, John Miele, Papa Duck, Gary Wigle and Monty himself, who also brought up the issue of solar power.
Now I have to figure out how we can install the plastic bottles we convert into the solar bulbs since the video from YouTube I've attached to the end of this post deals with installing the bottles into metal roofs which are very common in the Philippines. We will not have a metal roof on the new home, probably tile. But why not check out the video and see what you think. The bulbs can throw off 55 watts of light and could be a good way to cut done on electricity costs. Now if I could just figure out how to convert empty bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen or Red Horse into a light source, I'd have it made!