Quezon City, Philippines, 5 August 2022 – The transition to renewable energy can be catalyzed by inclusive, community-based models. In 2021, WeGen Laudato Si (WGLS) was launched to work closely with Catholic Church-based communities in the country in the shift to clean, renewable energy.
WGLS was inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, the “Laudato si,” which called for for ecological conversion and the “care for our common home.”
It is a subsidiary of WeGen Distributed Energy Philippines, an energy technology company that uses rapidly advancing renewable energy, battery storage, and software technologies to develop energy solutions for various applications.
WGLS is bringing accessible distributed energy resources across the country by partnering with communities and offering financing support responsive to their need and capacity. Their projects, for example, allow for long-term payment contracts. To date, it has partnered with 75 Catholic dioceses to install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Church-owned buildings, cutting the cost of energy consumption and promoting clean energy.
The Foundation for a Sustainable Society, Inc. (FSSI) supports WGLS in one of its projects in Tarlac. The project covers the installation of a solar PV system in a Catholic private school.
FSSI identified renewable energy as one of its priority value chains in its Strategic Plan for 2020 to 2024.