WHY AREN’T WE BUILDING MORE ZERO BILL HOMES?

WHY AREN’T WE BUILDING MORE ZERO BILL HOMES?

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
January 29, 2019

 

What the Philippines needs

Perhaps it’s time for the Philippines to join the trend towards sustainability more proactively. The planet is gearing towards eco-friendly housing developments, green buildings, and renewable energy. It’s time that the entire population of the Philippines uses solar energy.

What’s the hype on solar about?

We need to implement a workable plan to deliver a higher quality of life for Filipinos. That means improvements in energy efficiency and going large scale in terms of renewable energy production. That will lead to a turning point where we can all make a difference in the future of our planet. Where is the future of our construction industry headed? We need to adapt to tools that can deliver this evolution towards solar energy and renewable energy. Rooftop solar is the win-win solution. Everyone is now aware of climate change and fossil fuel hazards. The government promotes it – now we just need to become part of the solution, rather than continue to contribute to environmental problems. It is 2019, and we should now start talking about building houses with zero bills. That is perhaps the most important and phenomenal concept of current technology.

 

Zero Bill Homes

Carbon neutral homes with rooftop solar are the ones that can easily produce zero bills. What exactly is a zero bill? It’s pretty simple and straightforward: it means free electricity. Free power. Every homeowner, entrepreneur, and business executive want free power. There is an undeniable clamor for guilt-free power. Imagine every Filipino relaxing in the comforting, cool atmosphere of an air-conditioned room, especially in the midst of the tormenting daytime summer heat of the tropical Philippines. With a solar power system in place, there virtually every single homeowner can become a consumer and a producer of power at the same time. How is this possible? The homeowner simply needs to install solar and avail of Net Metering. Then the homeowner gets paid for providing clean solar power to the grid. He does not just use the power, he produces power as well. The results? First, he will enjoy the benefits and luxury of free power (including guilt-free aircon). Second, he will enjoy the advantage of a zero bill – meaning he pays zero, or nothing, to the electric company each and every single month.

 

Time to go unli

Yes, it requires all homeowners to actually get on board. Think zero energy home. Think zero bill home. The trend is contagious. Think about your current electricity consumption. Now, imagine unli-electricity.

 

Zero bill homes

Zero bill homes are now popping up all over the metro and all throughout the archipelago. The future is all about developing and constructing zero bill homes. The concept is in place. The legislation is in place. The government is in full support. The payback on the investment is clear. The contribution to a safer and healthier planet is eternal. Everyone wants an energy positive home in the Philippines. Through solar energy, your property value increases. It’s reached the point that it’s a no-brainer.

 

Turn On The Sun

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141.

We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

At Solaric we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

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GUILT-FREE AIRCON: It All Started in Tacloban After Yolanda

GUILT-FREE AIRCON

REGINA ROME

Solar Digital Squad

Manila, Philippines

January 18, 2019

 

The first Solaric home

The case study is a 300 square meter home in an exclusive gated subdivision in Makati. It was the summer of 2012. Mike De Guzman, President of the premier solar panel distributor in the Philippines, Solaric Corp., conducted a site inspection. It was hot, as the summer sun’s rays bombarded its 39-degree Celsius heat on the Southeast Asian country. The homeowner resorted to using electric fans. When asked why, the environmental hipster replied, “Dahil mahal ang aircon. Kahit na global warming, hindi ko sinisindi ang aircon.” She was a conservative one, as she went on to explain that she brings “bayongs” while shopping because she was careful to avoid using plastic bags. She recycles everything down to bottle covers.

 

Lightbulb moment

This was the birth of the guilt-free aircon concept of the Solaric Founders. “I wanted the average Pinoy to turn on the aircon anytime he wants to. I wanted to solve the problem with brute force through the power of solar. From my experience supplying batteries for the data center of my call center, I knew that storing and discharging power from a battery costs more than using power from the utility itself. On the other hand, running aircon on lead-acid batteries would be cost-defeating. I wanted a solution that would work – and I knew that solar was the answer,” declares Mike.

 

In 2013, the price of solar panels crashed because of China. Solaric purchased inverters and solar panels online at decent, affordable rates. Solaric received its first pallet of panels.

 

“Based on memory recall, extensive DIY experience, training videos, and self-education, I hooked up 12 large solar panels to the inverter. It powered the aircon and other appliances. Then I looked at the electric meter. In utter amazement, I watched it move backward!” Mike exclaims.

 

What was happening was that the solar-powered the aircon and was pumping another 1 kW or more back to the grid. That was Mike’s eureka moment. “I felt like I struck gold. Running free aircon in the Philippines is like having a car that runs on water!”

 

It became the first house on net metering in the Philippines

Solaric then contacted Meralco and requested for Net Metering, a provision of the Renewable Energy Act that mandates utilities to credit excess solar power against consumption. The reply of the Meralco employee was, “Ano? Net ano?” She was a representative of the utility and even she herself hadn’t heard of such a thing. Perhaps supplying power behind the meter is something that the utility had never considered as part and parcel of their business plan. It was a long process at the time, mainly because it was very new to the utility company. It was new to the nation. It was new to the City of Makati too.

 

Solaric began to lay down the groundwork

The Solaric team went through the motions of proving that solar was safe and feasible. Things slowly started moving. Then, Typhoon Yolanda struck. We received reports that there was the total destruction of the electrical grid in Central Visayas. There was a communication breakdown. People could not contact each other. Due to the absence of power, hospitals were affected. Infants were dying because incubators and ventilators could not work.

 

Mike decided to put his experience into application. He made a solar generator to conserve fuel and produce consistent power. He created an Improvised Charging Device (ICD) to power up communications gear and laptops. The concept was clear, but building portable stand-alone units had yet to be done. Mike went on to convert a Land Rover roof rack into a solar generator on wheels and cobbled together random electronics for the first responders to bring to Visayas. The equipment was transported to Visayas and tested. It was functional and effective. Then it died due to overloading.

 

Solaric hauled all its solar panels and supplies that were allocated to its first two clients, and brought all its startup assets to Tacloban. There was no question about it. The call to duty was first and foremost. The Philippines was in the midst of a crisis. Solaric launched its first official project and made self-contained solar power systems, and installed them where there was absolutely no power.

 

The rest was history

Solaric delivered over a dozen self-contained cell phone charging stations all over the Visayas region. Each station could charge over a hundred phones a day, which was essentially a big deal for areas that had been dark for weeks. With a working phone, people were able to call to reassure concerned loved ones that they were surviving the devastation. They were also able to report missing family members and emergencies.

It was a 5-week assignment into the towns most devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. Mike states, “It was like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie. All the houses we passed were destroyed. Tacloban was a large city, the jewel of Eastern Visayas, and it looked like it got hit by atomic warfare. Every building and every tree were damaged destroyed. There were mass graves all over the place. We salvaged what we could find. We soldiered on because everyone had lost the strength to do so. We turned over our solar off-grid energy systems to random constituents, simply because they needed them.”

“In Malapascua, I saw an elderly old man suffering from an asthma attack, and he was getting a breath of a now-operating nebulizer from our jerry-rigged solar setup. That was the reward – knowing that we had contributed to helping save the lives of our fellow countrymen.”

 

Turning on the kindness

These human acts of kindness were witnessed by the world. People started tuning in. People started following Solaric. Love and kindness are contagious. The figures jumped to over a million views on Facebook. People began talking about solar being a practical solution – a reliable and affordable power alternative.

 

Back in the city

When the crisis was over, Solaric returned to Manila and continued their work and passion for turning on the sun. Persistence paid off when the very first net metering installation in the country was issued to the homeowner through the coordination of Solaric. Fast forward to 2019, Solaric, the most reliable solar panel distributor in the Philippines, is now the leader in rooftop solar. They provide the best solar power solutions to clients all over the nation, with a maximum return of expectations and exceptional after-sales service.

 

That was the humble beginning of Solaric. They delivered practical solutions in extraordinary circumstances and turned on the sun when there was nothing but darkness.

 

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141.

 

We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

 

At Solaric we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

 

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

WHY HE TURNED ON THE SUN: A Throwback Tale About the Beginnings of Solaric Corp.

WHY HE TURNED ON THE SUN

REGINA ROME

Solar Digital Squad

Manila, Philippines

January 18, 2019

 

It all started with a little experiment

“We ran a little experiment on how to run an air conditioner without using Meralco power,” says Mike De Guzman, President of Solaric Corp., when asked how the Philippine solar power equipment company began.

 

He was the chemistry lab geek

“My formal education was in business — but I am a power engineer at heart. Even before I finished high school, I assembled a homemade generator during the 90s power crisis. I always loved tinkering around with all sorts of electrical projects growing up. At age 10, my brother and I rewired the lighting in our bedroom to a bedside switchbox. We made our own electric cars out of junk spare parts and toilet paper tube holder battery packs.”

 

Mike was the chemistry lab geek in high school, who was known to accidentally blow up the science project by creatively mixing substances in quantities that would definitely result in an epic blast. He went on to business school in California for college, while his parents were imagining their son becoming an investment banker of some sort. During his final year in business school, a fire erupted and gutted their house. Mike then had to learn about construction and construction management, as they rebuilt their residence in Northern Cali.

 

But challenges define a person’s character

It’s true — challenges build character and necessity is the mother of invention. As the rolling blackouts of the 90s ensued, Mike learned to assemble a generator from a dynamo he purchased in Chinatown, with a Yanmar diesel rice thresher motor that had truck fan belts linking it together. As he began to understand the art of building homes, he embarked on a career in real estate development. This proved to be far more profitable than working for corporate America as a fresh college grad. Thus, in his early 20s, Mike built houses and supervised large work crews of American contractors.

 

Once a hobby, always a hobby

Passion never dies. His mind never stopped exploring DIY projects, which ranged from modifying cars to assembling computers. Other interests involved sports and adventures, including scuba diving, downhill skiing, white water rafting, back wilderness trips, and driving insanely fast motorcycles for 300 km+ excursions to unsafe limits.

 

And then they became two

“I met my wife Jade in an open water diving trip. We had a mad plan after getting married to go back to the Philippines and set up a BPO or call center, and run it until we grew old,” Mike grins, as he recalls events that transpired more than 15 years ago. “What I liked most about setting up the call center was constructing the facility, configuring backup power systems, and stuff like that. The BPO business exposed us to all sorts of business ideas and business models, one of which was telemarketing for solar systems in California. That was what planted the seed of inception.”

 

The gears started turning

Mike started analyzing energy costs in running their call center. He discovered that energy costs often exceeded rent, and was almost approximately the same amount as their salary and wages expense. As he indulged in further research in power, he realized that the entire nation was actually paying way too much for power. That triggered his interest in power conservation in the Philippines through solar power equipment.

 

“Then, during one of our vacations to the United States, we rented a fabulous house with rooftop solar, owned by a plastic surgeon. Piqued by the solar phenomenon, I rummaged through the house looking for its batteries. All I found was a red box called SMA that displayed kWh exported to the grid without battery. After a little research, I found out that the house was actually sending surplus power back to the grid through some sort of credit program with the utility. The government was virtually paying the surgeon for the excess power, with tax write-offs and subsidies. Right then and there, I was sold. I knew I had to be at the helm of the solar revolution in the Philippines.”

 

As soon as they touched back down on Philippine soil, Mike and Jade incorporated Solaric. The rest was history.

 

For more information, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141. We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey, so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses. At Solaric, we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

 

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR MERALCO BILL IS TOO HIGH

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR MERALCO BILL IS TOO HIGH

REGINA ROME

Solar Digital Squad

Manila, Philippines

January 17, 2019

 

Let’s talk about rates and pricing

With the nation examining electricity rates, the ultimate focus is pricing. What should you do when your Meralco bill is too high? Would installing solar panels in the Philippines be the cheaper option? There are a few areas that affect electric bill rates, which include revenues, costs, charges, fees, etc. It is the end consumer that covers three critical costs which are distribution, transmission, and power generation. What the consumer pays is reflected in the electricity price index. According to a survey conducted by the Philippine Statistical Authority (PSA), at least 4.8% of household expenses go to electricity. In another light, as revenues increase, costs likewise increase. This goes for utilities, including electricity, water, gas, fuel. On top of all that, there is a thing called Electricity Price Index (EPI).

 

Zero in on technical stuff about profits

Globally, there is Return on Rate Base (RORB), which is a regular pricing method used by utility companies. This means the utility firm is allowed to set a price that makes specific profit possible under RORB. In the Philippines, the RORB is approximately 12%, which means that the electric company is allowed to make up to 12% in profit. It is the maximum allowable limit.

 

In analyzing case studies, we have to theorize that a utility company should make at least 10% after taxes. That translates to generating revenues of at least 15% or more before taxes. Should we incorporate interest on capital, expenses, suppliers, costs, and other expenditures, gross margin must be set at more than 20% in order to meet the profit targets.

 

In retrospect

In the business of electricity in the Philippines, in reality, and in summary, the years 2006-2012 were not very good years for the business, especially since the power generation companies only receive less than half of what end consumers pay. It makes no sense to sustain the business over long-term.

 

What exactly is the grand master plan?

Consumers are clamoring for lower electricity bills, especially as inflation continues to surge and as other market rates increase. What is the grand masterplan, or contingency plan, for the end consumer? There are two choices: either watch prices rise in the coming years or, find a sensible and feasible alternative for power. The answer is simple: the solution is solar.

 

The typical homeowner dilemma

Our typical homeowner lives in an average income subdivision and his Meralco bill amounts to Php10,000 each month. A look into his home reveals his daytime appliances to include: washing machine, dryer, electric stove, air conditioners, kitchen appliances, refrigerator, television sets, computer, and gadgets. With the power rates on their relentless climb to the sky, the homeowner is exploring an alternative solution. He wants a lower monthly bill. He has to provide enough funds to sustain his small family, pay for the education of his two children, food, water, supplies, toiletries, and everything else that comes alongside running a household.

 

So here is the solution to a high Meralco bill

The ideal solution is to install a large solar power system (such as 8 kWp Solar Power System) and then register with Meralco’s Net Metering Program with Peak/Off-Peak (POP). It is the simple and ideal solution.

 

In this setup with a large solar power system, a house will have enough rooftop solar to generate enough power. That way, the power received from the utility company is offset by the exported surplus power generated by the installation of solar panels in the Philippines. This basic model reduces the Meralco bill to Zero. In other words, the surplus electricity from your solar system will be exported to the grid. This will offset the cost of grid supply charges.

 

The goal is simple: every homeowner wants free electricity. Here now is the opportunity to consume AND produce power at the same time. Anyone can be a consumer AND producer of power — not just the homeowners. Even businesses, factories, warehouses, plants, establishments, buildings, farms, and more. Everyone wants to be paid for providing clean solar power to the grid.

 

What happened to the homeowner who installed the 8kWp solar system?

Months later, when the homeowner checks his electric bill, the monthly average is zero. Yes, the total amount payable is Php0.00. That homeowner now enjoys the luxury of guilt-free aircon. The investment on solar pays off almost instantly. There are two key selling points that are non-negotiable. First, you pay nothing each month to Meralco. Second, you help save the environment.

 

Zero bill recap

Put plenty of solar panels on your roof and generate enough power. Then export this power to the utility company. In doing this, you do not have to pay a single centavo on your electric bills. Better yet, you get paid for the electricity that you will provide. The zero bill is a benefit of being a consumer and provider. There are various ways to set up solar so that you will never have to pay for power again. Click here for a free site inspection today.

 

For more information, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141. We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey, so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

WHY THE PHILIPPINES NEEDS TO TURN ON THE SUN

WHY THE PHILIPPINES NEEDS TO TURN ON THE SUN

REGINA ROME

Solar Digital Squad

Manila, Philippines

January 15, 2019

 

Solar is really the cheapest source of power

It’s true. Solar power is really, truly the cheapest source of power, most specifically in the Philippines, where it is the best alternative to power generation. This kind of power is easy and simple to generate with today’s affordable solar panels in the Philippines. It’s reliable, accessible, and affordable.

 

“A decade ago, solar tech was expensive and not exactly financially feasible. Now, with more nations getting onboard, and with higher demand, solar power has become affordable for the average consumer. It isn’t just a power source choice. It is ideally the only choice that makes any sense,” said Jade De Guzman, the Vice President of Solaric, the recognized leader in solar rooftop in the Philippines.

 

How low can you go?

Solar panel prices have dropped so low that records claim that the rates declined 90% in the last decade, and 50% in the last three years. Solar panel experts that studied prices of solar panels through the years concluded that the price per watt peak (Wp) panel was Php150 in the early 2000s, which is equivalent to Php150,000 for a 100-Wp solar panel. Now, however, the cost averages to just about Php15 per Wp, which translates to Php15,000 for a 100-Wp panel. Then: Php150,000. Now: Php15,000. The numbers back up the stats: 90% drop.

 

Who’s hopping in the backseat?

The common misconception among us Pinoys is that rooftop solar is just for the houses. The truth is, it is not just the households that are clamoring for solar and switching up to the good life. Many establishments are going solar and turning on the sun: schools, factories, ice plants, car dealerships, shopping malls, banks, buildings, condominiums, and more. Industry names that have tapped the rooftop solar potential Toyota, SM and Robinsons malls, De La Salle University, and Asian Development Bank. Well of course. Who wouldn’t want cheaper power? Once you install solar your solar panel in the Philippines, you can register with Net Metering. Then you get credited for your excess or surplus electricity. You join the Net Zero phenomenon, otherwise known as the #ZeroBill.

 

“Solaric has installed rooftop solar in over 2,000 homes and establishments nationwide. We’ve trained over 5,000 individuals on solar. The demand for knowledge and power is clear. There’s only one direction, and that’s renewable,” Jade states. “These are definitely exciting times in the power industry.”

 

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, click here.

 

For more information, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141.

 

We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

 

At Solaric we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

MERALCO vs SOLAR: WHICH IS CHEAPER?

MERALCO vs SOLAR: WHICH IS CHEAPER?

REGINA ROME

Solar Digital Squad

Manila, Philippines

January 15, 2019

 

Tapping the solar potential

The facts remain. The Philippines has one of the highest electricity rates on the planet and the highest in Asia. How can the Philippines lower its cost of power? How can the Philippines improve national energy security? There is only one answer: by tapping the potential of solar rooftop energy. The solution is to drive the potential of solar systems in the Philippines to ensure lower power rates.

 

What’s in it for the utility?

People are asking a simple question: what exactly is the incentive for the utility? Why should they transition from coal when that has been working for them for decades? The unanswered question drives the Philippines to continue trudging along in the power sector without gaining momentum into what we all know is the renewable energy future. Tomorrow is all about RE. Tomorrow is all about energy efficiency. Tomorrow is all about distributed storage.

 

What’s going on?

The buzz in the circuit reports that there are eight solar projects in line amounting to over $1 billion. The target is 8 gigawatts of solar installations by the year 2030, with 35% of that energy being generated by rooftop solar. That in itself is an investment value of nearly $3 billion in solar systems in the Philippines.

 

Solaric Vice President Jade De Guzman said, “There is evidently a tremendous opportunity to shift towards a safer and more renewable Philippines. It’s about time we replace old school energy involving fossil fuel and coal, and anything detrimental to the planet and the human population. There are so many feasible options available to us, wind, hydro, geothermal, and of course solar – which remains top of the list in terms of being affordable and diverse. It’s a no-brainer.”

 

Breaking it down

“Each kilowatt of rooftop solar we install is equivalent to a decrease in the import of coal and diesel power. That simple fact alone saves our nation billions of dollars each year,” said Mike De Guzman, President of Solaric Corp. “Our only roadblocks now are regulatory — let’s look forward to regulations being passed that makes sense and leads us towards a renewable nation.”

 

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, click here.

 

For more information, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141.

 

We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey, so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

 

At Solaric we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

 

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

DO YOU NEED BATTERIES FOR SOLAR?

DO YOU NEED BATTERIES FOR SOLAR?

REGINA ROME

Solar Digital Squad

Manila, Philippines

January 13, 2019

 

Do you need batteries for Solar?

Not necessarily, since there is Net Metering, where the utility readily gets the excess energy from solar installations and credits you for it — like a virtual battery. For the most part, however, our clients in the Philipines want solar panels for bill reduction purposes and to maximize investments. In such instances, the solar power system does NOT need a battery.

 

We do, however, have some discerning clients who want the redundancy and the reliability of instant backup power that a battery can provide during power outages. They also want to maximize excess solar harvest by storing them in batteries for evening consumption.

 

Lithium Batteries are part of our technological toolbox as we have clients who ask for their capabilities. Batteries are needed if you need your solar setup to run during a power outage. Batteries provide a buffer when the sun is not enough and loads have to be supplied with sustained energy. Starting to get common in upscale households who are building new homes without a diesel generator and having things backed up with a Mega Solaric UPS.

 

At Solaric, we have installed hundreds of setups with batteries for consumers and even fulfilled military contracts around the world with our battery tech.  Yeah, we put batteries in systems that were not allowed to go down like RADAR or mission-critical communication systems. Our stuff is way beyond slapping a few Tesla power walls. We design custom systems that can run entire islands or radar facilities perpetually with no diesel, oil, or even grid.

 

For residential jobs, we have been putting out Lithium based batteries since 2016. Now we are introducing the SMILE Lithium battery hybrid system: a European design award winner and very popular in countries where the government actually pays the consumer to put in batteries to help manage the grid. It works like our regular grid-tie system but with a twist — a smart system that detects if there is excess power and diverts it proportionately to battery charging, before selling it to the utility for a discount. It also detects if the entire house is starting to use grid power and proportionately discharges the battery keeping grid power consumption to zero until the batteries run out. In times of calamities or power outages, it can supply a steady 5000w of critical loads until the batteries run out, and gets recharged by the sun the next day. It’s actually quite beneficial and self-sustaining if one only puts the essentials such as lights, fans, refrigerators, Wi-Fi on the always powered circuit.

We designed the system to be modular, battery capacities can be added by paralleling 5.7 kWh modules at a time and maxing out 15 kWh per inverter — or the capability to store 75% of a day’s sun harvest for brownout or peak time evening use.

 

These solar panels in the Philippines are installed and requested by those who are serious about planning for major earthquakes, typhoons, or dealing with areas with poor power availability.

 

Our lithium battery systems are not cheap, but they have a ten-year warranty on the battery components and are really milestones ahead in the market. We would also have to assess properly and ask some detailed questions about your appliances, budget, expectations, and the like.

 

Battery-based systems are more complex beasts. They cost about 40% to 70% more than our popular battery-less grid-tie systems. Yes, there is a price for peace — the price of having power in your house after a major storm, of having power during a blackout or earthquake. That in itself is priceless for most.

 

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, click here.

 

For more information, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141.

 

We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey, so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

 

At Solaric we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

WHAT’S THE BUZZ ON SOLAR THIS 2019?

WHAT’S THE BUZZ ON SOLAR THIS 2019?

REGINA ROME

Solar Digital Squad

Manila, Philippines

January 13, 2019

 

What are the figures?

Statistics reveal that the total volume of annual deployed solar energy in the Philippines and in other countries will increase by 18% this year 2019, according to IHS Markit. The figure is an expectation of 123GW to be installed in 2019.

 

IHS Markit also indicated that Egypt, Argentina, Spain, South Africa, and Vietnam will deploy approximately 8.5GW of solar.

 

The two biggest solar markets in the world are the United States and China. In the last few years, China has been responsible for almost half of all solar installed globally. This year, that figure will decrease to one third. Despite these two nations stepping on the brakes and slowing down on solar, the estimated figure remains 123GW.

 

A recent report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables expects annual solar installations from 2023 onwards to rise to more than 14GW, compared to the 2018 figure of 11.1GW.

 

A peek at Cali

Starting year 2020, all new homes in California will be required to incorporate rooftop solar. This marked a historical and significant development for clean and renewable energy in the Sunshine State. This initiative alone is projected to reduce electrical costs by 53%, which translates to $1.7 billion in energy costs in the course of the next 30 years.

 

All new residences and major home renovations on buildings that are under three stories fall under the new regulation, effective January 1, 2020. The new rules apply specifically to all new residences and major home renovations on buildings under three stories, starting on January 1, 2020. In the event a building isn’t suitable for a rooftop array, the standards require homes have access to community solar or offset energy usage through additional efficiency gains, while some homes may be exempt.

 

In California, approximately 15,000 new homes are built each year that have solar panels installed, according to the CEC. When the new standards take effect, that number is expected to jump to around 100,000 new solar homes per year.

 

What is the energy agenda of the Philippines?

When will the Philippines require solar as part of home construction? This is the surefire way to normalize the technology for millions of Filipinos nationwide. There will be a significant, positive, lasting effect. It is about time for Filipinos to benefit from the efficiency of turning on the sun. The direct result would be enormous savings on utility bills, which average to Php8,000 monthly. That equates to about Php100,000 yearly, which can fund the tuition of a student in a private educational institution.

 

“The Philippines should require all new homes to be Net Zero Energy, which means they produce more energy than they consume. This would also mean their monthly electric bill would be Zero, hence the net-zero concept,” says Solaric President Mike De Guzman. “Imagine all houses and buildings to be net zero by 2030. That amounts to millions of pesos in savings, as well as a significant contribution to a safer and healthier planet — because of the reduced greenhouse gas emissions!”

 

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, click here.

 

For more information, please visit www.solaric.com.ph or email us at info@solaric.com.ph call 5040092 or 09178603141.

 

We will gladly explain to you how solar systems and solar energy in the Philippines work, or schedule a survey, so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

 

At Solaric we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

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CONSUMERS ASK SOLARIC: HM FOR SOLAR?

CONSUMERS ASK SOLARIC: HM FOR SOLAR?

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
December 27, 2018

 

The millennial question

The question is simple. It encompasses the meaning of multiple things but it is posted in the form of two letters: HM? The questions behind those two letters are endless. How much? What is the ROI? What is the capital investment? How much do I save? Everyone wants to know the cost of installing solar panels in the Philippines. They want to know, by asking those two letters, which option is more feasible: to install a solar power system or to keep paying a monthly electric bill until the end of time.

 

Contemplation stage

Some put it off, and others decide to do it later or put money into another investment. But as certain as the sun that will rise the next day, we absolutely guarantee that those without a solar investment are committed to continue paying one of Asia’s highest electricity rates.

 

The pay-off is forever

There is a growing percentage of people who use technology to solve problems. Solaric has been installing solar panels for the past 5 years, and our first batch of customers have fully rewarded with ROI for their solar investment. They are now getting free power from the sun. We have seen the birth of the rooftop solar industry from pricey per watt fringe science to becoming the cheapest and most available energy source, because every consumer becomes a producer of power. Forever.

 

Talk about net metering

Solaric was the pioneer behind Net Metering. We installed solar in the very first homes that sold power back to the utility company via Net Metering. This is how we made the battery obsolete, and this is how solar power became way cheaper than your Utility cost. It is by sizing solar installations properly that the system can effortlessly power daytime loads, and therefore sell surplus power back to the utility company. At night, the homes run on export credits. Net Metering is something that Solaric handles and processes every single day for our customers, although it is not yet fully understood by the typical, casual consumer.

 

Go ahead and ask: HM?

For questions like “magkano, HM, ROI atbp”: We need to know some information before we can give an accurate answer – typical monthly electric bill total, usual appliances that run during daytime, roof space feasibility. For a technical thing like energy systems, Solaric conducts free site inspections within Metro Manila. The quintessential question of HM can range anywhere from P35k to the legal maximum of P6.5M (e.g. 99.9kWp net metered installation).

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, click here.

For more information, please visit this page,  email us at info@solaric.com.ph, or call us at 5040092 or 09178603141.

We will gladly explain to you how the system works, or schedule a survey so we can give you options for your new home or existing homes or businesses.

At Solaric we Turn on the Sun.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

 

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.

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5 REASONS TO CELEBRATE SOLAR THIS 2018

5 REASONS TO CELEBRATE SOLAR THIS 2018

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
December 22, 2018

 

What a fantastic year 2018 has been for solar systems in the Philippines! To end this record-breaking 2018 alongside the yuletide season, here are 8 reasons to celebrate the solar revolution.

 

  • PH ranked number 1 in Asia in solar power (and 5th worldwide)

The Philippines not only hosts 7 of the 50 biggest solar projects globally, but the nation also made it to the top spot among developing countries in Asia for solar power, in terms of using solar photovoltaic systems for generating power, according to a firm report by Dutch consultancy firm. Another Rotterdam-based firm, Solarplaza, placed the Philippines fifth globally, following Chile, South Africa, Brazil, and Thailand.

 

  • PH held its first public consultation for Senate Bill 1719, otherwise known as the Solar Adoption Act

In November 2018, author of SB 1719 Senator Grace Poe, alongside Senate Energy Committee Chair Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, held a Senate hearing and sought to correct operational flaws of the 2008 Renewable Energy Act. These include the removal of the 100kWp limit for solar installation per meter, review of buy back rates to be at parity with retail electricity rates, ease of financing, and expedited permitting for solar projects.

 

  • PV prices continue to drop

Solar continues to boom in popularity, precisely because the solar PV prices have continued to drop, making rooftop solar more affordable and feasible for the average citizen.

 

  • More than 5,000 trained on SOLAR101 and SOLAR202

Several years ago, Filipinos did not really know much about solar energy or understand the technical applications behind solar panels and PV technology. Then Solaric stepped in and trained them on solar power and solar panel systems through monthly SOLAR101 and SOLAR202 seminar workshops. To date, there have been over 5,000 who have completed the certificate course.

 

  • Global trends show that there will be a strong market increase of 25% for solar next year

PV Info Link released data early this month that reflected a strong market increase of 25% for solar next year. PV Info Link analysts claim that 16 countries around the globe will increase its solar capacity by more than 1 GigaWatt, with a total estimate for next year at around 112 GW. Data was based on statistical numbers and solar targets of countries worldwide.

 

Solaric is the leader in rooftop solar

Solaric has established its name across the renewable industry as a proven and reputable rooftop solar leader. Solaric has installed more than 50% of residential rooftop solar in the Philippines and has delivered significant cost reductions in electricity expenses, as well as milestone contributions to a cleaner, greener, and renewable future. Solaric is now zoning in on corporate and industrial projects to offer them the same cost reductions. Welcome to the new generation of solar and turning on the sun.

 

It’s almost 2019.

Of course there’s a game plan. It’s almost 2019 and Filipinos are being ushered into the era of solar energy and sustainable living. “Solaric still has a lot of work to do. If the Philippines does its part to reverse climate change, our country needs to install at least 300 MegaWatts a year of solar rooftop,” says Solaric President Mike De Guzman.

 

For more information on solar power systems and solar panel prices, click here.

Visit this page, call +63.5040092, or email info@solaric.com.ph

 

Regina Rome is a solar analyst with the Solar Digital Squad Research.