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I used to be a big skeptic of solar power because of the costs and technology involved. But recently, I've warmed up a bit to it and am even looking at some solar power for my home as well.





MANILA, Philippines - Enfinity Imperial Solar Homes, Inc., a partnership between Enfinity Philippines and Filipino-owned mass housing developer Imperial Homes Corp., launched yesterday its first 24-hour solar powered system for its lowcost homes in Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

In a press briefing yesterday, Imperial Homes chairman Emma Imperial said the partnership is offering house and lot packages that include a 1,000-watt solution good enough to produce four kwh of electricity per day.

Imperial said the 24-hour solution would be available with lithium batteries.

The appliances that can be supplied with the solar solutions include refrigerator, two electric fans, television, two chargers or laptops, three led lights, washing machine and a rice cooker.

 “Electricity generated by the PV system will be the first priority to supply our appliances,” Imperial said yesterday.

“For an off-grid system of 1,000 watts solution with battery, the buyer can have an avoided cost of electricity in the amount of P1,560 per month and save an estimate of P500 per month even with their 30-year amortization,” Enfinity said in a separate statement.

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Proponents explained that the cost of the installation of the whole solar panel with batteries system would range from P150,000 to P165,000, which would be included in the homeowners’ amortization arrangement.

The buyer’s off-grid system can still connect to the grid in cases of rainy days and if the homeowner would like to add air-conditioned units to their homes.

On the part of developers, this would save advanced installation costs if required by the utility companies prior to the grid connection.

The 24-hour solution is a win-win solution for both developer and home buyer, proponents said.

“The IHC-Enfinity solar panel solution provides 25 years performance warranty and 10 years equipment guarantee ensuring an A class quality equipment that will provide big savings even at 30 years amortization period,” the company said.

Enfinity Philippines also recently launched 100 MW projects in three sites in the Philippines as the company behind the solar powered mass housing communities.

Financing of the solar solution shall be provided by Enfinity Philippines through its partnership with BPI and Pag-IBIG Fund.

Imperial said the company’s mass housing project has been recognized by the World Bank.

 “We have received recognition from the World Bank for energy efficiency,” she said.

She said the company received passing passing grade for energy and passing grade on the materials used for the housing project.

Moving forward, Imperial Homes would also be launching some 4,000 units in Bicol starting June - 3,000 units in Iriga and 1,000 units in Legaspi.

- See more at: http://www.philstar.com/business/2015/05/22/1457307/first-solar-powered-homes-rise-sto.-tomas-batangas#sthash.2nRwaMH2.dpuf


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While my knowledge of solar is limited to off-grid systems, grid-tied systems are definitely becoming more popular around the globe. Without the added cost of battery systems, AND with with the cost of panels having dropped as they have over the past decades, it is certainly a feasible way to help on personal power usage.


Even with Lithium batteries, I would suggest going with grid-tied systems, over completely off-grid systems.

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