Tapaz, Republic of the Philippines [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The municipal government of Tapaz, a municipality of the Philippines, plans to expand its photovoltaic battery charging solar energy project to cover more households in the remote villages of the municipality that could not be reached by the local electric cooperative system.Solar energy is one of locally available alternative power sources that is being harnessed by the national government to lessen the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels whose prices have been continuously going up. The government has been using oil to run power-generating systems that supply electricity to homes and businesses. The P3-milion solar energy project in Tapaz is a joint project of the municipal government, Office of Capiz 2nd District Congressman Fredenil Castro, Department of Energy, Capiz Electric Cooperative, and Korean Electric Power Company. It uses solar panels to run charging stations that supply electricity to upland homes at a minimum cost payable to the barangay power association. Earlier, Mayor Romualdo Exmundo, Jr. has said that the photovoltaic battery charging project suits the needs of far-flung villages in his municipality. Already, some 400 households in 21 villages have access to the project. The municipal government said it is keen on widening the coverage of the project so that it would benefit more households and villages as part of the overall socio-economic development program of the municipality.