As Filipinos become more environmentally aware, the country’s first ever educational facility dedicated to energy education continues to lure more visitors, reaching over 3,000 visitors after only five months of operations.
The Cleanergy Center, which is being operated by AP Renewables Inc. (APRI), an AboitizPower subsidiary, is located right inside the compound of an actual power plant, the Makban Geothermal power plant in Bay, Laguna.
It features interactive displays, audio-visual exhibits and a tour of a working power plant. Various exhibits entertain and educate through activities such as making your own wind turbine and riding a bicycle to generate power to charge your smartphone.A new and improved education center was also built in place of the old science museum in Makban, Geothermal.
The Cleanergy Center caters to both the young and the young at heart. As of January 2014, the Center has had 3,604 visitors; 96 percent of the total visitors were students from as far as Northern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindana, while other visitors consist of professionals from the country’s power industry.
Last November 2013, Mayor Michael Knapeof Treuenbrietzen City, Germany also visited the Cleanergy Center. Feldheim Village, located in his city, has become a model for renewable energy generation. It is subsisting on its own power grid and generates power through renewable sources such as wind, solar, and biogas.
The Cleanergy Center is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cleanergy Center and Makban Geothermal power plant tours are free.