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Senate approves franchise of Legarda son's solar company

May 27, 2019 - 6:15 PM

A total of 16 senators vote in favor of the measure granting a franchise to the solar firm of Leandro Leviste, son of Senator Loren Legarda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste upon his arrival at the Solar Philippines Factory for its inauguration at the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) in Sto. Tomas, Batangas on August 23, 2017. Also in the photo is Senator Loren Legarda. Malacañan Photo

Lacson, Drilon question bill granting franchise to Legarda son's solar firm

May 22, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says granting Solar Para sa Bayan a franchise might violate the Electric Power Industry Reform Act

Sen. Panfilo Lacson during the Senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Interior and Local Government and its attached agency on November 12, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Methane on Mars: A new discovery or just a lot of hot air?

Apr 06, 2019 - 8:30 AM

There have been no direct observations of living organisms or fossils on Mars so far. But there are other types of evidence.

NEW DISCOVERY? Methane detected at Mars’ Gale Crater (the center picture). Kevin Gill/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Department of Agriculture eyes more solar irrigation facilities in Laguna, Rizal

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says that the use of solar-powered irrigation systems can also save farmers more money

Busy Farmers in North of Manila in Pugo La Union get hope after Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said “We will focus on agriculture in the coming years. We know that the major reason for inflation this year has been the logistics problems we have had in agriculture, as well as production problems.” Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

How did Uranus end up on its side? We've been finding out

Jan 26, 2019 - 10:00 AM

New research, published in the 'Astrophysical Journal,' offers a clue

URANUS. Uranus seen in this false-color view from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. NASA

Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Jan 18, 2019 - 9:44 AM

The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today

SATURN'S RINGS. This October 28, 2016 NASA file photo shows one of the last full views of Saturn by the Cassini spacecraft acquired at a distance of approximately 870,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers). AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

When you look up, how far back in time do you see?

Jan 01, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Without really trying, you can see years into the past. And with the aid of a telescope you can see millions or even billions of years into the past with your very own eyes.

Distant stars above the ruins of Sherborne Old Castle, in the UK. Flickr/Rich Grundy, CC BY-NC

House OKs Legarda son's solar power franchise on 3rd reading

Dec 10, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The House bill granting a 25-year franchise to Leandro Leviste's Solar Para sa Bayan gets passed in the lower chamber after only 4 months

APPROVED. Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste talks to reporters after the bill granting a franchise to his company was approved on 2nd reading on December 4, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House OKs Legarda son's nationwide power franchise in 4 months

Dec 09, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Leandro Leviste denies allegations he quickly got a 'mega franchise' because of his mother's help and influence

House OKs on 2nd reading bill granting franchise to solar power company

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste denies his mother, Senator Loren Legarda, helped lobby for the passage of the bill

ONE MORE TO GO. Solar Para sa Bayan founder Leandro Leviste talks to reporters after the bill granting a franchise to his company was approved on 2nd reading. Photo boy Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lawmakers oppose granting franchise to solar power company of Legarda's son

Nov 14, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Representatives Rosanna Vergara and Lito Atienza both want the bill granting a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan to be returned to the committee on legislative franchises

SEEKING LEGISLATIVE FRANCHISE. A House bill is seeking to grant a 25-year franchise to Solar Para sa Bayan Corporation. Photo and logo from Solar Para sa Bayan

EU brings solar power to 2 sitios in Davao Occidental

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

This is part of the European Union's P3.6-billion sustainable energy project in the Philippines

NASA spacecraft breaks record for coming closest to Sun

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The goal of NASA's Parker Solar Probe is make a series of 24 flybys past our scorching star

UP CLOSE. Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. Image courtesy Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

China blasts U.S. solar tariffs, takes WTO action

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:33 PM

China's commerce ministry accuses Washington of erecting trade barriers while subsidizing its domestic industry

WTO. The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters are seen in Geneva on April 12, 2018. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) The unmanned Parker Solar Probe aims to get closer than any human-made object in history to the center of our solar system

SOLAR PROBE. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA postpones launch of historic spaceship to Sun

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The next launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens at 3:31 am (0731 GMT or 3:31 pm Philippine time) on Sunday, August 12

SOLAR PROBE. This handout picture released by NASA on August 8, 2018, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls

NASA poised to blast off first spacecraft to explore Sun

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:32 PM

(UPDATED) The car-sized Parker Solar Probe is scheduled to blast off on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida early Saturday

SOLAR PROBE. This handout picture released by NASA on August 8, 2018, shows the United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018.  Photo by NASA/AFP

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NASA poised to launch first Sun-skimming spaceship

Aug 08, 2018 - 8:08 PM

After the Parker Solar Probe blasts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 11, it will become the first spacecraft ever to fly through the Sun's scorching atmosphere, known as the corona

PARKER SOLAR PROBE. Photo by NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman

Belgian wins inaugural France to China solar bike race

Aug 04, 2018 - 10:52 PM

French organizers Sun Trip have started such races in 2013 to promote renewable energy

SOLAR BIKE RACE. Raf van Hulle of Belgium celebrates after arriving in Guangzhou, in China's southern Guangdong province, after riding 12,000 kilometers from Lyon, on August 3, 2018. Photo by AFP

SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon – report

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'A new timetable for the flight – now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer – hasn't been released,' reports The Wall Street Journal

SPACEX. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming

NASA'S TESS. In this file photo taken on April 11, 2018 obtained from NASA, technicians assist as the SpaceX payload fairing containing the NASA'€™s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is moved by crane to a transporter inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA'€™s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. File photo by Kim Shiflett/NASA/AFP

How solar-powered lamps empower women in Camarines Sur community

Apr 08, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Harnessing solar energy through small off-grid systems to power community livelihood and provide basic energy solutions is a big first step in ensuring energy access especially for people who hardly have any resources for electrification

Photos courtesy of WWF-Ph

AboitizPower ventures into solar rooftops

Apr 02, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The power firm sets up a new unit called AboitizPower Distributed Energy, which is eyeing projects in Luzon and the Visayas this year

Napoles lawyer Stephen David once presented at Cabinet meeting

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The agenda of the 5th Cabinet meeting shows David made a presentation about proposals to develop Sangley Point Airport

Police heroes remembered at PNPA Alumni Homecoming 2018

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:24 PM

'You are standing on sacred grounds,' says DILG officer in charge Eduardo Año

LAST SALUTE. PNPA chief Joseph Adnol (center) leads the wreath laying ceremony for fallen PNPA alumni. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

First NatGas to supply Meralco's 24/7 power

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Solar Philippines loses the bid to First NatGas

Ayala Corp acquires U.S.-based solar tech firm

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Ayala's AC Industrials now has a controlling stake in Merlin Solar Technologies, with plans to establish manufacturing facilities in the Philippines in the future

Solar Philippines challenges bid for Meralco's 24/7 power supply

Jan 28, 2018 - 11:45 PM

Solar Philippines submits an offer for Meralco's 24/7 power supply at P2.99 per kilowatt hour, in response to an invitation for a price challenge of an unsolicited proposal by First NatGas

'LOWER COST.' Solar Philippines offers to use battery storage and solar energy for cleaner, 'lower cost' supply than gas. File photo

Trump angers China, South Korea with new trade tariffs

Jan 23, 2018 - 3:45 PM

US President Donald Trump approves steep tariffs on imports of solar panels and washing machines to protect US producers

FACING TARIFFS. This file photo taken on January 6, 2016 shows an exhibitor demonstrating an Inverter Direct Drive washing machine at the LG exhibit during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. David McNew/AFP

Artificial intelligence finds solar system with 8 planets like ours

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:28 AM

However, none of the planets are expected to be hospitable to life

NASA KEPLER. NASA's Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence help discover a solar system with as many planets as our own. Photo from NASA Kepler and K2's Twitter account

NASA successfully fires Voyager 1 thrusters after 37 years

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Being able to use the backup thrusters means the lifespan of Voyager 1 has been extended by 2 or 3 years

Cigar-shaped asteroid came from another solar system – study

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:42 PM

The discovery may provide clues as to how other solar systems formed, say researchers

MYSTERIOUS VISITOR. The first confirmed object from interstellar space is a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a reddish hue. The asteroid 'Oumuamua is up to a quarter mile (400 meters) long, and 10 times as long as it is wide. Image courtesy NASA

Fully implement EPIRA to give Filipinos 'power to choose,' says Gatchalian

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With the full implementation of EPIRA, an 'environmentally-conscious' consumer can choose to patronize factories that store renewable energy, instead of those that store coal, says Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Martin Nievera says Las Vegas shooting 'a true tragedy'

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:25 AM

'My job becomes harder now because I have to lift up the spirits of people who may be afraid to go to a casino now,' says Martin, who is the the ambassador of Solaire Resort and Casino and also has shows in Las Vegas

PHINMA Energy eyes 45-megawatt solar plant in Batangas

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The company wins a solar service contract for the right to explore and develop a 486 hectare area in Batangas from the Department of Energy

Home solar panels: a beginner's guide to saving electricity

Sep 04, 2017 - 5:18 PM

When is a roof more than just a roof?

Photo by Earnest Mangulabnan Zabala

P3B eyed to bring electricity to 7,000 public schools

Sep 03, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto says one in 6 public elementary and high schools is not connected to a power grid

GENERAL TRIAS READY FOR SCHOOL OPENING MONDAY. - Ginalyn Bacolor, Grade III teacher of Tejero Elementary School, in Barangay Tejero, General Trias, Cavite cleaning desks of her designated classroom together with the volunteer student in preparation for the incoming June 1, 2015 school opening for public schools nationwide. (Photo by Dennis Caparas-Abrina/Contributor)

The week in photos: August 19-25, 2017

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:22 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

GOOD FOR 3RD. Kaitlin de Guzman scored 12.3 to clinch the bronze medal in beam event of women's artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th SEA Games on August 22, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by PSC-POC Media

WATCH: Empowering communities with liters of light

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:31 PM

International movement Liter of Light seeks to provide affordable and green energy source to communities without electricity

LITER OF LIGHT. An international movement seeks to provide cheap and green alternative to power up homes that don't have electricity.

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Aug 22, 2017 - 10:28 AM

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Bonnie Tyler to 'Goatality': The Great American Eclipse

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:03 AM

The Great American Eclipse also had its share of quirky sideshows

VIEWING PARTY. Locals and travelers from around the world gather on Menan Butte to watch the eclipse on August 21, 2017 in Menan, Idaho. Natalie Behring/Getty Images/AFP

Total solar eclipse mesmerizes America

Aug 22, 2017 - 7:44 AM

Millions of eclipse chasers and amateur star watchers alike converged in cities along the path of totality a 70 mile 113 kilometer wide swath cutting through 14 US states

TOTAL ECLIPSE. The total solar eclipse Monday August 21, 2017 in Madras, Oregon. Rob Kerr/AFP

LIVE: August 21, 2017 North America solar eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The first total solar eclipse to sweep North America in nearly a century will march across the continent August 21 Watch it here courtesy of NASA

In this file photo, a total solar eclipse is pictured from the city of Ternate, in Indonesia's Maluku Islands, on March 9, 2016.  Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Millions pour into U.S. towns in path of total eclipse

Aug 21, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The Great American Eclipse as it is being called will move diagonally across the country northwest to southeast providing a spectacular solar show

CASHING IN. A sign announcing that the Charleston City Market will be open during the total solar eclipse in Charleston, South Carolina is seen on August 20, 2017. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Solar files estafa complaint vs ABS-CBN execs over NBA row

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:57 PM

ABS CBN says it will take appropriate legal action to hold Solar responsible for this unfounded action

NETWORK WARS. The row between Solar Entertainment Corporation and ABS-CBN Corporation over NBA airing rights moves to court. File photo

First eclipse in 99 years to sweep North America

Aug 18, 2017 - 9:58 AM

The last time an eclipse crossed from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean was on June 8 1918 when a total eclipse was visible from Washington to Florida

Iloilo officials share new plans to ensure road safety

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Projects include the Iloilo City traffic handbook and the intelligent traffic system

PROJECTS. Local officials shares projects in Iloilo City aimed at ensuring road safety. Photo by Vee Salazar/Rappler

Lighting up far-flung communities in the PH

Jun 18, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Aside from providing physical light the Light Up Philippines campaign also aims to provide a brighter future for beneficiary children by maximizing their potentials

The sun is setting on coal

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:56 PM

For the Philippines we have an opportunity today to reduce our reliance on foreign coal and to ride the investment boom in clean energy

CLIMATE CHAOS. The combustion of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal by energy companies is largely responsible for climate change.