A GLIMPSE INTO A BRIGHT SOLAR FUTURE

A GLIMPSE INTO A BRIGHT SOLAR FUTURE

Solar technologies you would want to watch out for

 

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
December 1, 2018

 

It’s almost 2019 and the future of solar tech—such as solar panels in the Philippines—is hotter than ever. We’re talking about solar robots, solar drones, double-sided solar panels, solar on water, the works; and the list just goes on and on.

 

Solar boom throwback

A decade ago, when the concept of solar power was merely a lightbulb moment, an idea, a vision, the underlying question sitting on the back seat was: is solar going to make it big? Now, ten years later, the solar boom is just as mind-blowing as the BPO boom of the early 2000s.

Today, the market is flooded with a vast array of solar tech options: crystalline silicon panels, organic and carbon nanotube cells, multi-junction solar cells, thin-film solar panels, solar farms, solar plants, and a variety of other solar power generation hubs. Solar on roofs, solar on land, and even solar on water.

 

Robots that clean solar panels

Solar panels require routine maintenance, because wind blows dirt, debris, or sand onto the panels, and this could lead to energy production loss and efficiency loss. Having the panels cleaned by module-washing companies doesn’t exactly come cheap either. Another option is to wash the panels manually old school style, using rags and hoses. Another option has recently made itself available: robots. These are further classified into semi-autonomous robots that are placed at the end of each row of panels and moved along accordingly, or fully autonomous robots that run on their own. It’s about time to join the rest of the world as everyone moves towards the advancements of the digital age.

 

Solar here, there, everywhere

Building-integrated PV (BIPV) is typically known to be designed into materials so that it is part of initial building construction. Today, this represents all sorts of materials that PV can be placed in: roofs, windows, doors, fences, concrete, tiles, anything. Imagine the implications of this. Imagine a structure that can generate power from all angles and all platforms: roof, walls, floors, doors, gates!

 

Solar tech on a roll

Something new comes up almost every month. Now there are drones that monitor solar farms and conduct preventive maintenance. Then there are developments with the inverters that will contribute to the lower price of solar panels. Then there are two-sided solar panels (referred to as bifacial solar) that capture the sun’s energy and its reflection, which directly results in enhanced efficiency.

In year 2017 alone, the United States installed more than 10 gigawatts of solar. A more rejoicing statistic is the fact that five states in America now generate at least 10% of their electricity from solar. Solar is here and it’s here to stay. Now if only the rest of the world would follow suit.

 

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.

WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF LAND, THERE’S ALWAYS WATER

WHEN YOU RUN OUT OF LAND, THERE’S ALWAYS WATER

Solar technologies are now available on both land and water

 

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
December 1, 2018

 

The mind-blowing solar boom

Today, the market is flooded with a vast array of solar tech options: crystalline silicon panels, organic and carbon nanotube cells, multi-junction solar cells, thin-film solar panels in the Philippines, solar farms, solar plants, and a variety of other solar power generation hubs. In year 2017 alone, the United States installed more than 10 gigawatts of solar PV. A more mind-blowing statistic is the fact that five states in America now generate at least 10% of their electricity from solar. Now if only the rest of the world would follow suit.

 

Rooftop solar PV is now better, cheaper, and cooler

The solar PV market has taken a quantum leap. As of the moment, silicon photovoltaic panels are leading the race. The debate on the streets is about which tech is going to rule in a few years. Whatever it is, no matter which way it is turned around, it still remains the power of the sun. Countries all over the world are now eyeing the possibility of requiring all new homes to install solar.

 

Then there was Tesla

The Tesla solar roof tiles seem to have never really become the hit we imagined it would become. Speculations declare that the problem was the competition in terms of price. The typical rooftop solar prices had dropped so ridiculously low, making residential rooftop solar available to just about anyone. Building integrated PV (BIPV) had difficulty staking its claim in the market because the available alternative was cheaper and more affordable.

 

Floating solar

The challenge: finding land for solar. The solution: they put solar on water. And so now we have it unraveled before our very eyes: floating PV (which are PV panels mounted on platforms that float on lakes and bodies of water). What are the advantages of these floating solar things? Not too much site preparation required and the panels remain at a cooler temperature which will enhance their efficiency. Although floating PV was born in 2007, it is only beginning to trend this 2018. South Korea boasts its Geumjeon floating solar power plant. Japan and China are lining up to do the same. In 2017 alone, 100 MW of floating PV was installed on the planet. Project talk is that one is set for construction in Indonesia in 2019.

 

Unstoppable takeover

As solar PV continues to take over the planet, more sub-markets are beginning to emerge that solve challenges arising in the midst of this era of technology. Now there is even saltwater PV which is also referred to as offshore solar. This type sits on harbors or bays beside wind or oil platforms. Since saltwater PV is still in pilot phase, its potential has yet to be determined.

So let’s sit back and relax and keep up with the latest alternative solar tech developments. The widespread dominance is clear. We never know what mind-blowing solar milestone to expect next.

 

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.

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THE HASSLE-FREE CONVENIENCE OF ROOFTOP SOLAR

THE HASSLE-FREE CONVENIENCE OF ROOFTOP SOLAR

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

 

Emergence of the rooftop solar trend

Going solar is now the trend for the typical Filipino homeowners, as they shift gears towards more sustainable and renewable lifestyles. Rooftop solar through PV technology has become the most affordable and cost-efficient renewable technology of this age. Rooftop PV has become increasingly affordable, especially now as the costs of solar panels in the Philippines have decreased in the last five years.

 

The rooftop solar tech bill

Senator Grace Poe introduced a bill clamoring for a law promoting the use of solar energy in the midst of ever-increasing electricity costs. Senate Bill No. 1719, an Act known as the “Solar Rooftop Adoption Act of 2017”, promotes the use of solar panels on the rooftop of residential, commercial, industrial, and government buildings by amending Republic Act 9513, or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

Highlights of the bill include establishing net metering interconnection standards and pricing methodology, standardization of permits and licensing requirements (by the Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, National Renewable Energy Board, and Department of Interior and Local Government), development of solar installation loans, installation of solar panels on government buildings, appropriations to carry out the provisions of the Act, and implementing rules and regulations.

The passing of this bill would result in decreased costs in electricity for households and business establishments due to rooftop solar. The Senate committee on Energy, chaired by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, is now examining the bill.

 

Improving the law that promotes solar

Poe enumerated proposals to enhance the effectivity of the bill and to encourage the adoption of rooftop solar in the country, mainly: removal of the 100-kilowatt cap on distributed generation to allow large-scale electricity consumers to avail of the net metering program; insertion of a provision that the same price should be applied to imported electricity and exported electricity to the grid by end users; standardization of licenses and permits required to install rooftop solar; and the institutionalization of rooftop solar loan programs.

 

Convenience of rooftop solar

Rooftop solar is convenient. It’s affordable and cost-efficient. Installation takes hours to days. The convenience guaranteed by rooftop solar is unmatched by any other renewable technology known to man.

 

The solar vision

“In an ideal world, we want to convert all buildings to green buildings. We want all newly constructed homes to install solar. In ten years in an ideal world, I envision all houses to be on solar. By year 2030, majority of the nation’s energy should be derived from renewable energy sources. Only then can we have a clean and renewable Philippines,” added the solar expert Mike De Guzman, President of Solaric Corp. “In our own little way, this is how we can contribute to a safer and more sustainable planet.”

 

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.

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SOLARIC: THE NATION’S SOLAR KING

SOLARIC: THE NATION’S SOLAR KING

When you’re talking about solar systems in the Philippines, the first name that comes to mind is Solaric. It’s 2018, and Solaric rules the rooftops.

How do you juggle a family, hobbies, friends, travel, and a fast-growing solar tech company? Solaric Founders Mike and Jade De Guzman open themselves up to personal questions — and life probes.

 

Rising time

What is a day like for these two solar tech geniuses, in the midst of the rise of this national corporate entity? Their daily bustle on the surface is hectic, busy, non-stop. As soon as the sun’s rays peek out the morning sky, these two are up and about. Mike is in his kitchen brewing his daily pre-sunshine quad shot of ultra-caffeinated coffee, and Jade is off to the tennis court for her non-negotiable daily dose of endorphins. Mike then heads off to either the shooting range or biking, depending on his mood and schedule. On tight days, he would have to jam 24 kilometers in under an hour.

 

Multitasking masters

It is six o’clock on a bright Friday morning and the De Guzmans are nowhere near where most chief executives of the corporate universe would be at rush hour of horror day traffic. Mike is sitting on his solar-powered golf cart on a conference call with executives from all over the world regarding a solar plant for yet another Southeast Asian country, and Jade is playing tennis while giving ten orders per minute to her staff on her phone, in between sets where she hardly even misses a shot. Unknown to this SEA Games medalist in shooting, she drives the tennis trainers and ball boys to the brink of exhaustion as she aims to perfect her serve, volley, and return. Observing Jade throughout the day, I realized that this is exactly the same way she devotes herself to work. It is all about calculated moves and mastery of the game.

The minutes, however, are precious, as they both have to be back home in time to see their son off to school. Yes, it’s all clockwork and time management, and this is just another ordinary morning.

 

Ultra hyper evolution

Mike and Jade are co-founders of Solaric, which is unlike any other company in the ever-growing solar industry of the nation. They give the giant utility companies in the energy sector something they have never seen before: competition. Not too long ago, there was no escaping an electric bill. People would cry, would complain, but begrudgingly line up to pay their bills.

What is their day job exactly? They deploy solar technology that slashes electric bills. They slice it, dice it, until it’s zero. In more acceptable corporate lingo, they deliver cost effective power through clean, safe, and renewable solar options that are economically sensible and environmentally sound. They provide sustainable energy systems nationwide, available to every homeowner, business, school, non-profit organization, government and non-government organization in the country. Solaric has installed thousands of panels in thousands of homes, factories, buildings, warehouses, military sites, and commercial and industrial sites all over the Philippines, which has taken them to the top of the list in large scale commercial and residential installations, as well as solar equipment sales. No other solar entity can keep up with their pace, and their installation rate accelerates each year, leaving rivals scratching their heads and wondering why they can’t seem to keep up.

 

Come as we are

Although most executives will walk into an interview clad in the most elegant of business suits, this married couple comes in their true tech-CEO wear: untucked t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers. “Yes, we wear the same thing even to signing of contracts worth hundreds of millions,” Jade replies.

“I only wear a barong if it’s required, like in a Senate energy hearing. But in most cases, I prefer wear that is comfortable and would allow me to go on a roof…as long as it doesn’t have holes!” Mike laughs his signature laugh. When schedule permits, Mike randomly drops by a few of their ongoing job sites to conduct routine inspections and to occasionally treat the crew out for the famed “crispy pata for appetizer”. The heart of Solaric is really about people coming together to break and share bread. This is an underlying theme we see. Every Friday, the employees have an Iron Chef competition. This is complete with international cuisine dishes, wild food battles, and token prizes.

 

Switching the sun on

How did this all start? “Well, it all started with Yolanda,” says Jade. She went on to recall the events of November 2013, when one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded in world history rocked the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) was referred to as the country’s deadliest typhoon, being the strongest storm recorded at landfall and the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of one-minute sustained wind speed. Yolanda devastated most of Surigao, Eastern Samar and Tacloban City, bringing their inhabitants to their knees.

“By heart, we were called to duty when catastrophe struck,” adds Mike. “All existing Solaric inventory was reallocated to relief efforts. There were absolutely no expectations of getting paid. In Tacloban and Malapascua, we embarked on a mission to energize schools, churches, homes, and relief centers where there was no grid, no diesel, no funds and no government support.”

And that is how it all began. In a place that was struck by disaster and plagued by darkness, Solaric turned on the sun. They delivered power in the worst possible operating conditions when others would not – and when other could not. That was how Solaric’s volunteer effort gave birth to a ripple effect that would eventually come to be known as the solar trend of the nation.

 

Solaric DNA

It is this same passion that defines the De Guzmans’ fast-growing company. Solaric is composed of the most experienced clean energy project management and installation teams in the country. Solaric engineers serve clients all over the Philippines, ASEAN countries, and even United States and Africa. Their people are creative and engaged – everyone goes the extra mile (or extra watt). A closer look took me to the core of their company culture, which is really about the constant pursuit for excellence.

“One of the most important lessons that we’ve learned in the last five years is about setting the bar. What we really did was show you how to raise that bar, because mediocre is never acceptable. So now you have that extraordinary Solaric DNA inside of you. That is how we’ve reached such spectacular levels of success. And that is how we keep thinking about bigger, better, brighter. So take that insane momentum, and continue to fuel it, until your contagious passion for excellence has infected each and every single person you interact with. There will be mistakes and challenges. But we have to learn from these and rise up, because that is exactly how we will keep our legendary status,” wrote Mike and Jade, in their mid-year email to the employees.

 

Edge of glory

What distinguishes Solaric? These two have been enjoying innovation and independence to the point that other companies are looking in awe and admiration. The company has had a positive cash flow every year since inception five years ago. The management never spent their hours worrying about the exit strategy or contingencies – they spend most of their days consumed on finding ways to cater to the endless downpour of clients and how to manage their resources efficiently. “We don’t burden ourselves with what-ifs,” says Mike, “because we don’t fall into the trap of analysis-paralysis nonsense, which plagues the big companies.”

 

They walk the talk

Solaric first started net metering in their home in 2013. It was the first house to sell solar power back to the grid, with Peak Off Peak (POP) Net Meter Serial Number #00001. Solaric clients fell in love with the fact that batteries were no longer needed, because surplus energy can now be traded for “credits”.

“This was a nationwide win that was actually one of the rewards of the renewable energy law,” Mike explains, while flipping through the Solaric book and showing me photos.

 

Call in the experts

“When Solaric was born half a decade ago, people didn’t really know much about solar energy or understand the technical stuff behind solar panels. Filipinos needed to learn about their options. So Solaric stepped in and trained them on solar power and solar panel systems through monthly SOLAR101 and SOLAR202 seminar courses that we ourselves teach. We’ve officially trained over 5,000 people on solar,” emphasizes Jade, as she shows me the framed collage of class photos.

Additionally, Mike and Jade are constantly called on as key resource persons whenever clean and renewable energy is the topic of discussion – be it a corporate, government, school, or non-profit organization setting.

 

Unshakeable quest for more

Another example is their out-of-the-box social media page, which Mike takes pride in handling himself. “He writes all the creative content and manages most of the posts,” Jade says, “It’s part of his obsession for originality,” she says, as she takes a gulp of her dragonfruit-banana-kale fruit shake.

In essence, that is exactly how Solaric is transforming the nation – through ideas and creativity that others haven’t even yet considered. Last I heard, it was the solar-powered golf cart. This week, it’s the solar souped up scooter. Next month, it will be another gamechanger.

 

And 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 Mike.

Yes, the vision is promising in as much as it is inspiring. The solar revolution is just getting started. It is, in fact, irrevocably true: Solaric is the nation’s solar king.

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THE GARCIA FAMILY SECRET

THE GARCIA FAMILY SECRET

The Real Reason They Chose Solaric

 

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
November 17, 2018

 

Need to explore options

Pichon and Athena Garcia were married in 2013. When they had their baby boy Thoren, major changes had to be made. Pichon and Athena had to spend most of their time at home. As a baby, Thoren had a lot of rashes and allergies. The doctors prohibited him from being out in the sun for a long period of time. When he was at home, he had to be inside an airconditioned room. Technically, the aircon in the house had to be on all day without having a solar system in the Philippines.

Deciding to invest

Deciding to invest

This happened at a time when Pichon and Athena just finished construction of their home. They had just started their family. They had a baby boy. “I thought having the aircon on all the time was something really expensive. I didn’t know if we could afford it,” said Athena.

They decided to consider installing solar. They were uncertain if it was something they could afford in the long run, but they decided to explore the solar alternative.

 

What Solaric offered

“Solaric checked our (electric) bill. They offered tailor-fit solutions specific to our needs. They patterned the number of panels they would install based on our monthly power consumption,” Pichon explained.

Solaric installed an off grid solar power system on the roof of the Garcia home, with six solar panels.

 

Benefits of solar

The results were amazing. The aircon runs all day now for Thoren. The household runs appliances all throughout the day every day without a shred of guilt.

“I can turn on the power anytime I want. We don’t have to worry about electricity!” exclaimed Athena, while playfully cuddling Thoren.

Something to talk about

Something to talk about

“Our friends are envious. On average, they spend about 20 to 30 thousand a month on electric bills. Then they get shocked when they find out our bill is only 5 thousand a month. They can’t seem to believe it. What? How?!” Pichon shares with us in animated fashion.

“And I tell them…we have Solaric,” Pichon adds, while pointing upward to the roof of their house.

“We advocate renewable energy of course. We love the fact that we save money and we save the environment too. That’s win-win all the way!” Athena smiles.

And that is the Garcia family secret – they turned on the sun. So why don’t you do it too?

 

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.

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SENATOR POE PROMOTES THE SOLAR ROOFTOP ADOPTION ACT

SENATOR POE PROMOTES THE SOLAR ROOFTOP ADOPTION ACT

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
November 17, 2018

 

These are historic and monumental times for clean, safe, and renewable energy in the Philippines. The nation is now recognizing the critical importance of sustainable energy systems.

 

Senator Poe promotes solar energy

Senator Grace Poe introduced a bill clamoring for a law promoting the use of solar system in the Philippines in the midst of ever-increasing electricity costs.

Senate Bill No. 1719, an Act known as the “Solar Rooftop Adoption Act of 2017”, promotes the use of solar panels on the rooftop of residential, commercial, industrial, and government buildings by amending Republic Act 9513, or the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

Highlights of the bill include establishing net metering interconnection standards and pricing methodology, standardization of permits and licensing requirements (by the Department of Energy, Energy Regulatory Commission, National Renewable Energy Board, and Department of Interior and Local Government), development of solar installation loans, installation of solar panels on government buildings, appropriations to carry out the provisions of the Act, implementing rules and regulations,

 

A greener future

The Philippines is going strong about going green. Even the biggest real estate developers and our government leaders are concerned about environmental consciousness. Sustainable design and structure rule the game and the word is out that to ensure a bright future, we all have to find ways to lead green and sustainable lifestyles. All this brings us to one common path towards a renewable future.

 

Hooking on to the solar trend

Going solar is one of the more fundamental ways that anyone can shift to a greener lifestyle. Through an array of photovoltaic cells, sunlight is converted to electricity. This has become the most affordable and cost-efficient renewable technology of this era.

“Energy from the sun is unlimited, and that’s a fact for another 5 billion years,” said Solaric President Mike De Guzman, during an interview at the Solaric Showroom in Makati by “Sea Princess” Tessa Prieto-Valdes about going green. He went on to talk about providing clean energy with no greenhouse gas emissions, and the more important issues to address in investing in a solar power system. “With solar, you save money. You save the environment. You are cost-efficient. You avoid increasing power costs. You increase your property value. You assume a dual role by being a consumer and a producer of power. Energy from solar is now cheaper than energy from a new gas burning power plant,” emphasized De Guzman.

 

Convenience of rooftop solar

Senator Poe, who is also the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Services, added, “The State recognizes energy security and electricity affordability as necessary components of inclusive, sustained and broad-based growth. No other technology, renewable or otherwise, could match the convenient installation attributed to rooftop solar,” as she pressed for the law promoting solar energy.

 

Aligning visions

“Solaric’s vision is very straightforward, and very aligned to Senator Poe’s vision for rooftop solar. In an ideal world, we want to convert all buildings to green buildings. We want all newly constructed homes to install solar. In ten years, I envision all houses in exclusive subdivisions to be on solar. By year 2030, majority of the nation’s energy should be derived from renewable energy sources. Only then can we have a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable Philippines,” added the solar expert De Guzman.

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

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

 

 

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

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THE SOLARIC SYSTEM: 3 THINGS YOU DON’T REALIZE UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY TURN ON THE SUN

THE SOLARIC SYSTEM: 3 THINGS YOU DON’T REALIZE UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY TURN ON THE SUN

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
November 17, 2018

 

The Solaric System

In 2013, Lito Mercado took a risk. He made a wise investment, turned on the sun, and switched on his newly-installed Solaric Roof, with the latest solar system in the Philippines, in their house in an exclusive gated subdivision in Makati, Philippines.

 

What’s it like to have solar?

“Well it has been absolutely worth it,” Lito tell Solar Digital Squad. “If you have the finances to make the investment, then do it now. The ROI (return on investment) makes sense. We help save the environment. We spend less. We save more. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose. I wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again.”

Mercado and his family have always wanted to go solar. Unfortunately, the roof type on their house meant that no solar suppliers would install panels on top of them due to quality and type. In 2013, after yet another round of quotes and site visits, they decided to renovate and replace their roof.

 

Solaric benefits

“The thing with solar is that the power is generated from the sun. Thanks to all these advances in technology today, we can now actually use the sun to our advantage. We can harness the solar energy and use it to power our homes and businesses!” he exclaims.

Here are three things that Lito learned after installing Solaric and turning on the sun for his house.

  • Protect the planet

Compared to other energy sources, solar energy is the renewable with no negative impact to the environment. No greenhouse and no pollution. Going solar means protecting our planet because it’s green, clean and renewable. The typical residential solar power system eliminates an average of three tons of carbon emissions annually, which is equivalent to planting 100 trees each year.

  • Reduce the electric bill

“As a homeowner, I experienced a lower electric bill. This translated to more savings,” added Lito.

Generating your own power as a homeowner means that you will be using less power from the electricity provider. This means lower monthly electric bills. Additionally, through the Net Metering Program, you can also sell your unused electricity that you have generated. Most homeowners with Solaric sell their excess power to the utility company. In doing this, the homeowner becomes a producer AND a consumer (this is the ultimate secret to reducing, if not eliminating, those power bills).

  • Increased home value

Solaric homes have higher property values. As more people are educated on solar, the demand for solar increases exponentially. A home that produces power and has its own solar power system has increased home value. Even a standard 5-kilowatt Solaric PV system means that there is added resale value to your house.

“I didn’t realize that my investment in Solaric would be so rewarding!” exclaimed Lito Mercado, while pointing to the signature sunlight switch logo of Solaric.

 

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

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

 

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

The Future is Bright: Top Three Design and Construction Trends for 2019

The Future is Bright: Top Three Design and Construction Trends for 2019

Powering spaces with sunlight

Solaric rooftop project

In a world that’s getting darker due to climate change and calamities brought about by dwindling natural resources, people are seeking for the light at the end of the global warming tunnel. Some of them are turning to installing solar systems; even the Philippines, have caught on and started joining this important movement. Who would have thought that people can just to look up at the sun for answers? Yes, the future is indeed green and bright.

With the ongoing developments in technology, we are now learning how to harness the gifts of Mother Nature to make daily life easy. Such gifts include safe, clean, and renewable energy sources like water, wind, and the sun. Ever since the discovery of the photovoltaic effect by Edmond Becquerel in 1839, man began to utilize the Sun’s heat to power machines and light up infrastructures. Over time, we’ve discovered the true power of the sun – that is a much better alternative energy source compared to fossil fuels because it’s cleaner and requires minimal maintenance.

This big ball of energy will continue to be a necessity in our lives until the end of time. And there’s no better time to introduce and develop more sustainable energy sources, environmentally-friendly materials, and energy efficient electrical equipment, than now. Below are five design and construction trends for a greener and brighter 2019.

TREND # 1: CLEAN AND RENEWABLE

Most countries in the world still rely on traditional power sources like coal, oil, and natural gases. These resources are finite and will dwindle over the next few years, not to mention the impracticality of it all since acquiring these resources demand so much from the environment. Renewable resources, meanwhile, can be procured easily, and energy production is safer and cleaner. Australia also launched a plan for its public housing pool, which involved the installation of solar panels and batteries in 50,000 homes within four years. The trend is now to harness power from renewable energy sources.

 

TREND #2: COST EFFICIENCY

Solaric has brought solar power to mainstream. With solar now taking the lead and making the trend, the power of turning on the sun is in the limelight like never before. Clean energy and solar power advocates emphasize that the reduction in power bills or electric bills actually make the investment wise and sound. With the rates of solar systems at an all-time low, homeowners are now making that household switch to solar, along with establishments such as schools, factories, malls, farms, and more. What makes the solar switch even better is the fact that homeowners can benefit from the net metering program, wherein they are credited for their excess power. With solar power as the cheapest source of renewable energy, then it only makes sense to harness this sunshine and turn on the sun – especially with today’s low-cost solar panels and affordable solar power for homes. The investment is a win-win, for homeowners and entrepreneurs alike.

TREND #3: PASSIVE SOLAR HOMES

TREND #3: PASSIVE SOLAR HOMES

A warmer future calls for energy efficient houses. Passive solar homes collect heat as the sun shines through roofs and windows and retains it in materials that store heat, known as thermal mass. The share of the home’s heating load that the passive solar design can meet is called the passive solar fraction, and depends on the area of glazing and the amount of thermal mass. The ideal ratio of thermal mass to glazing varies by climate. Well-designed passive solar homes also provide daylight all year and comfort during the colder seasons through the use of nighttime ventilation.

Ultra-efficient homes

Ultra-efficient homes also combine state-of-the-art energy-efficient construction, appliances, and lighting with commercially available renewable energy systems, such as solar roofs, electricity, and water heating. By taking advantage of the climate and site conditions, architects and designers can incorporate passive solar heating and cooling and energy-efficient strategies to design and construction. The intent is to reduce home and business energy use as cost-effectively as possible.

For instance, a solar roof like Solaric’s PV roof is designed to reflect sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. These rooftops reduce energy bills, improve indoor comfort, and may extend the service life of the roof. These roofs usually have special reflective pigments or are white to reflect sunlight. A light-colored roof absorbs less than 50 percent of the solar energy, which reduces a roof’s temperature. In contrast, dark roofs absorb 90 percent of the solar energy. On the other hand, green roofs are perfect for urban buildings with flat or shallow-pit roofs. Green roofs include anything from basic plant cover to a working garden.

 

The Future Will Continue Shining

The technology and understanding of clean and green energy will continue to develop as renewable technology becomes more viable and attractive for homes and buildings. The routes to energy, particularly through renewable means, will diversify and will receive a far greater level of attention from the thinking consumer, and applies to all design and construction trends.

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SOLARIC: THE KING OF ROOFTOP SOLAR

SOLARIC: THE KING OF ROOFTOP SOLAR

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
November 15, 2018

 

It’s 2018, and Solaric rules the rooftops.

Climbing up to the top

Climbing up to the top

Solaric is unlike any other company in the ever-growing solar industry of the nation. Solaric delivers cost effective power through clean, safe, and renewable energy. The solar options—such as the solar system in the Philippines—being offered are economically sensible and environmentally sound.

They deliver sustainable energy systems nationwide, available to every homeowner, business, school, non-profit, government, and non-government organizations in the country. Solaric has installed thousands of panels in thousands of homes, factories, buildings, warehouses, military sites, and commercial and industrial sites all over the Philippines.

Solaric has taken the lead in large scale commercial and residential installations, as well as solar equipment sales. No other solar entity can keep up with their pace, and installation rate accelerates each year, leaving rivals scratching their heads and wondering why they can’t seem to keep up.

 

It all started with Yolanda

In November 2013, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded in world history rocked the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) was referred to as the country’s deadliest typhoon, being the strongest storm recorded at landfall and the strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of one-minute sustained wind speed.

Yolanda devastated most of Surigao, Eastern Samar, and Tacloban City, bringing their inhabitants to their knees. By heart, Solaric was called to duty when catastrophe struck.

All existing inventory was reallocated to relief efforts. There were absolutely no expectations of getting paid. In Tacloban and Malapascua, Solaric embarked on a mission to energize schools, churches, homes, and relief centers where there was no grid, no diesel, no funds, and no government support.

Solaric delivered power in the worst possible operating conditions when others would not, or could not. Why? Because the truth about Solaric is that they are passionate about turning on the sun and making a difference in people’s lives. This volunteer effort gave birth to a ripple effect that became the solar trend.

Untold glorious secrets

Untold glorious secrets

What distinguishes Solaric? It is actually an interesting combination of several major elements.

 

Quality & Reliability

Solaric guarantees solid solar systems in the Philippines; they fastidiously protects their reputation with engineering excellence. They take pride in declaring their systems as reliable as the sun, and take great efforts in providing their clients with continuity of service. On top of that, they offer “no-nonsense” warranties.

 

Systems Integrator

Solaric is the all-in-one solution. They perform the entire process: inspection, engineering, design, procurement, construction, and installation. Solaric offers integrated, customized solutions. They examine the clients’ energy usage, identify cost-cutting opportunities, and provide tailor-made solutions that are designed to address the specific needs of each and every client.

 

Value for Money

Solaric guarantees systems that are affordable and cost effective. With reputable industry partners, Solaric extends the best possible prices, warranty, and after-sales service.

Solaric offers the best value for cost. They install solar that will maximize your value. Solaric offers its clients only the best products at the best possible price. Their systems result in significant cost savings and bill reductions. Their main goal is to reduce your power bill by using proven PV technology.

 

Pioneer of Net Metering

Solaric has the most successful track record in the implementation of Meralco’s Net Metering Program, and they are the pioneers of the “Peak / Off-Peak + Net Metering.”

Solaric was the first to obtain the ERC’s “COC” in the Meralco Franchise area, and they have installed the first utility recognized grid tie solar installations in many cities throughout the archipelago.

 

They Walk the Talk

The Solaric headquarters is completely off grid. It was built from 100% recycled materials. It operates primarily on solar power, and has a rainwater and aircon water collection system.

 

Team Excellence

Solaric is composed of the most experienced clean energy project management and installation teams in the country. Solaric engineers serve clients all over the Philippines.

Their people are creative and engaged – everyone goes the extra mile (or extra watt). A closer look takes us to the core of their company culture, which is really about the constant pursuit for excellence.

“One of the most important lessons that we’ve learned in the last five years is about setting the bar. What we really did was show you how to raise that bar, because mediocre is never acceptable. So now you have that extraordinary Solaric DNA inside of you. That is how we’ve reached such spectacular levels of success. And that is how we keep thinking about bigger, better, brighter. So take that insane momentum, and continue to fuel it, until your contagious passion for excellence has infected each and every single person you interact with. There will be mistakes and challenges. But we have to learn from these and rise up, because that is exactly how we will keep our legendary status,” wrote Solaric Vice President Jade De Guzman, in her mid-year email to the employees.

 

Solaric is transforming the nation. Solaric is helping Filipinos usher in the era of solar energy and sustainable living. This is how and why Solaric has become king.

When surveying people in the renewable energy industry at a recent WiRA event, Ms. Airine Kaufmann commented: “When you’re talking about solar in the Philippines, the first name for a reliable EPC that comes to mind is really Solaric, whether it’s for grid tied solutions or micro and mini grids” said Airine Kaufmann, a senior analyst at Kaufmann Renewables. “I suppose that is their advantage after years of turning on that sun!”

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

You can also visit this page, call +63.5040092, or email info@solaric.com.ph

 

 

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

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MANONG AND THE GIFT OF POWER

MANONG AND THE GIFT OF POWER

SOLARIC LIGHTS UP A SARI SARI STORE

 

REGINA ROME
Solar Digital Squad
Manila, Philippines
November 10, 2018

 

Flashback

Solaric has been busy for the last 5 years installing rooftop solar systems all over the Philippines – from large industrial steel plants, to cold storage facilities, to factories and warehouses and buildings, to thousands of homes and businesses in Asia. The very simple story of Manong Rodel was one of the more memorable installations.

 

Throwback 2014

Situated across the street from the Solaric stock house on J.P. Rizal in Makati City is a small sari-sari store, owned by Manong Rodel. Three years ago, the store had no electric power and no connection to the utility provider, because he could not get a certificate of electrical inspection. Manong Rodel’s work-around to the problem was to use a kerosene lamp for light and a car battery for power. When the car battery needed to be charged, Manong would walk four blocks away just to charge the battery at Php60 per charge. The power would last them for five days of power. Manong Rodel and his wife had been living there since 2006. They were a nice, honest, and hardworking couple. “Ang tagal na namin dito,” said Manong Rodel’s wife, “kahit minsan, hindi kami nagka-ilaw dito. Talagang gasera lang.”

What the Solaric Founders did

What the Solaric Founders did

Manong Rodel recalled how the Founders of Solaric had reached out to help him. “Noong nakita po ni Boss Mike at Mam Jade, binigyan muna kaming chargeable solar. Nung bumalik sila galling Tacloban, pinakabitan kami ng solar panel. Tuloy tuloy na po yung power namin, walang palto yon.”

“I go 1,200 kilometers to go to Tacloban to power schools. Yet right in front of me was a hardworking, nice, and honest couple and yet, they had no power,” said Solaric President Mike De Guzman. “And that’s our expertise: to bring power anywhere.”

 

Solaric turned on the sun for Manong

So the Solaric team went to work and installed a solar panel on the roof of Manong Rodel’s sari sari store. Finally, after eight years in the darkness, Manong now had power for his lights, electric fans, radio, and other appliances.

“Buti nalang may pusong ginto si Boss Mike. Ngayon lang kami nagka-ilaw,” Manong Rodel added, as his eyes filled with tears of joy.

 

And then there was a typhoon

Typhoon Glenda (otherwise known as Typhoon Rammasun) was one of the only two Category 5 super typhoons recorded in the South China Sea, and was the first typhoon to directly impact the Philippines in 2014. Typhoon Glenda came and knocked out power in the entire city of Makati in July 2014. For a few days, there was a city black out and no one had electric power. Except one small sari-sari store owned by Manong Rodel.

We would like to share a short solar story on giving and receiving.It has been a very busy 3 years putting Solaric in many places across the Philippines. From Large industrial steel plants, cold storage facilities, hundreds of homes and businesses. One of our more memorable installations is still Manong's Sari Sari store. It was an installation we did because we felt we had to something.On times of need, manong always offered me parking, a rare luxury in Makati but have not asked anything in return. One day I noticed Manong carrying a heavy 20kg battery so he can run his light bulb, he carries it over 400 meters to get it charged for 40 pesos and it runs his lights for about 4 days before conking out. You see Manong house is not a formal house, he has no meter and honorable enough not to do the "jumper". His only option for power is kerosene lamp or 12v battery with bulb that needs constant carrying and charging. As a Solar systems integrator, this was an easy energy problem to fix and subconsciously irritated us as it was a solvable energy problem on front of our store. We took care of that by putting in a spare solar panel we had around and a simple offgrid setup. We valued Manong's generosity by giving us parking and rewarded him with the gift of power. Merry Christmas to our customers and our FB fans. We look forward in serving 2017 and beyond.From Mike and the Solaric Family.www.solaric.com.ph

Posted by Solaric Philippines on Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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The gift of power

The gift of power

As a systems integrator and as the leader in rooftop solar, Solaric is always on the look out for energy problems to fix, because the way they view it, all energy problems can be solved. So when the Solaric Founders noticed that problem, they installed a solar panel and a simple offgrid setup.  Solaric gave Manong Rodel the gift of power.

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

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

 

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

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