Solar energy has been gaining a lot of attention through the years as an alternative energy source. There are a lot of benefits and advantages when going solar at home.
If you plan to install solar panels at home, here are the things you need to know when going solar.
How solar energy works
Each solar panel can generate up to 250 watts per hour from sun exposure. Given that the Philippines is a tropical country, the amount of sunlight during the day lasts around 8 to 9 hours on a regular sunny day.
Given this circumstance, a single solar panel can provide you 2 kilowatts in a day. This can already power some of your basic appliances.
It is an advantage to know that you can keep your house well-lit and your appliances working at night while saving some electrical charges.
Is your home qualified?
Before moving forward, of course, it is crucial to know if your home is qualified or at least ideal to have solar panels. This considers whether your roof area can have a sufficient amount of sunlight throughout the day, given that some houses are built around trees that block direct sunlight on the rooftops.
Other considerations include the direction your rope faces, the slope of your roof, and the possibility of roof replacement soon. Ideal rooftops for solar panels are south-facing and slopes 15 to 45 degrees.
Benefits and Advantages
Savings from electricity bills. If you are asking if you can save money by going solar at home, the answer is yes. The amount of money you can save when going solar relies on several factors, such as the following:
- total electricity you consume
- the size of your solar energy system
- whether the panels are purchased or leased
- the amount of power the panels can generate (based on panel direction and amount of sunlight)
- electricity rates set by your utility
amount of compensation for the excess solar energy you send back to the grid
Sunlight is free, and we have a lot. Another advantage of going solar is the fact that its source of power, the sun, is readily available every day, except during rainy seasons. We are, after all, in the tropical region, and we have the most access to sunlight. Therefore, we must learn to use it to our advantage.
Good for the environment. There are environmental benefits when going solar at home. It reduces the amount of carbon and other pollutants emitted into the environment, resulting in less pollution and cleaner air and water. For you to better understand this, a solar panel that generates 2 kW per day can annually save energy equivalent to growing around 52 trees in a year. Going solar is indeed a sustainable option that every citizen might want to consider.
Not affected by price fluctuations. Being able to generate your power at home can spare you from the impacts of price fluctuations that affect your monthly electricity bills. While others are stressing over constant price increase, you are free from such dilemmas.
Advantage during typhoons and disasters. Having solar panels is an advantage against power interruptions during typhoons and disasters. Even the minimal power to light a bulb or charge a phone can make a difference during these emergencies.
Also, power interruptions can be a hassle, especially when you are working at home. Therefore, a good supply of solar energy can help sustain some chores while the power is still shut down.
However, one of the concerns when going solar is the affordability of the overall project, from panels to installation. A single panel can be costly to those. But you still have options to pursue your project of going solar at home.
Solar Solutions is offering packages for you to own a solar system for zero down payment and just a particular monthly payment. These solar panels can last up to 25 years.
Some entities, such as BPI, BDO, and government agency Pag-ibig, are also open for loans specifically meant for solar installations.
THE INSTALLATION PROCESS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Who can install it? Qualified professionals who are certified for the job can install your solar panels to ensure efficient and safe installation.
Are solar panels safe? Yes. All solar panels are assessed to meet international inspection and testing standards. Qualified installers also make sure that the installation is aligned with local building, fire, and electrical codes, and a certified electrician is also required to inspect your solar energy system as part of the installation process.
Do you still need to secure permits? Yes. The Department of Energy has a step-by-step guide on what documents you need for going solar, how you can process the necessary permits, and the corresponding fees for the permits. The requirements may vary depending on which area you reside in. You can check them out here.