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Solar panels installed at Garapan Public Market

SOLAR panels have been installed at the Garapan Public Market which is expected to save $23,000 in utility costs each year, CNMI Farmers Cooperative Association president Crispin Deleon Guerrero said.

Currently, he added, their monthly utility bill is about $5,000.

“The [federally funded] solar panels will mean great savings for our operation,” he said, adding that the market will implement more improvements “so we can better serve the community.”

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and other officials pose with visiting U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech, Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula and OIA CNMI field representative Harry C. Blanco at the Garapan Public Market.Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres and other officials pose with visiting U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech, Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula and OIA CNMI field representative Harry C. Blanco at the Garapan Public Market.

On Tuesday, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech, Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula and OIA CNMI field representative Harry C. Blanco visited the public market.

“This is an awesome project and great savings for the public market,” the governor said, referring to the solar panels.

He added that his administration will continue to support the operation of the facility and persuade more local farmers to bring their produce to the public market.

Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres shakes hands with U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech. Also in photo: Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula and OIA CNMI field representative Harry C. Blanco.Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres shakes hands with U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech. Also in photo: Office of Insular Affairs Director Nikolao Pula and OIA CNMI field representative Harry C. Blanco.

His senior policy advisor, Glenna S. Palacios-Reyes, said for the solar panel project, they were able to secure a $366,000 grant from the Energizing Insular Communities program of the Office of Insular Affairs.

The grant will also fund the installation of an integrated solar water heater system, she added.

In a separate interview, Pula said it was his first time to visit the federally funded public market, adding that he was impressed by the solar panel project.

CNMI and federal officials inspect the solar panels installed at the Garapan Public Market.  Photos by Junhan B. TodiñoCNMI and federal officials inspect the solar panels installed at the Garapan Public Market. Photos by Junhan B. Todiño

He encouraged local farmers to continue supporting the public market.

Market manager Leroy Pangelinan said there are 11 local farmers who regularly deliver their produce to the market.

He thanked the “hardworking staff of the public market; the cooperative and its officials; the CNMI government, particularly the governor, for helping us get the grant; Interior and OIA; our vendors and customers.”