Anxious about solarizing your home? We've narrowed the process down to 5 simple steps!
Here you'll find links to helpful resources and downloadable materials to get you on your way.
Step 1. Get to know solar power
As with acquiring a new gadget or appliance, it’s always a good idea to get yourself acquainted with solar technology, and how others are using it. And truly getting to know solar power starts with eliminating any doubts you may have, once and for all.
Local celebrity solar champions have teamed up with Greenpeace for the Juana Solar Busts a Myth in Minutes series to break the most common renewable energy myths that bring about these doubts. Protecting yourself from falling victim to these misconceptions will help you lay the foundation for a complete appreciation of renewable energy.
We also recommend that, aside from reading about solar facilities and households in the Philippines, you ask a friend or relative who’s a solar consumer directly about his/her experience, or look into first-hand accounts of solar energy users. It’s in these solar stories that you’re most likely to get practical answers and know what to expect from your investment.
Additionally, you may also want to get a grasp of how sunlight is converted into electricity. These links offer comprehensive yet newbie-friendly materials on the science behind solar panels:
Step 2. Do an energy audit
It’s necessary to find out your current energy consumption, not only because it’s a crucial step in determining the solar equipment you’ll need, but also to help you determine and plan how much you can save through both energy efficiency and producing new renewable energy.
With a bit of research, you can conduct the energy audit yourself or seek the help of a solar panel provider - most providers can even give you an estimate of how much you can save on your monthly electricity bill with each specific number of solar panels you install.
Once you know the amount of power you need after installing energy efficient systems, then you can decide on and ask your preferred provider about the following:
- Partial System vs. Full System - you can opt to acquire a system to power your entire home or start with having certain appliances or parts of your house powered by solar.
- Off-grid setup vs. Grid-tied setup - An off-grid setup allows you to be independent from the power supplier in your area. With an off-grid setup you’ll need a controller, inverter, and batteries to be able to store energy for nighttime use. With a Grid-tied setup, you produce solar energy from the solar panels and share the energy generated to your local electric utility company. This setup can lower your electricity bills with net metering. In the case of Meralco, you get lower electricity bills from power that you no longer draw/purchase from Meralco, and you can also earn bill credits on your Meralco bill by exporting unused or excess electricity generated by your solar panels.
- Type and size of panels (including size of battery, charge controller and inverter, if not connected to the grid) - The type and size of panels will depend on your budget, energy needs, available, space and location. It’s best to consult with your provider on this.
Step 3. Financing
There are already many financing options available for those looking to solarize their homes or businesses. Some solar panel providers offer in-house financing in easy installments, while banks like BPI and BDO offer loans specifically for solar home installations.
PAG-IBIG also offers loans for the purchase and installation of solar panels to members who want to save on electricity costs with renewable energy through the agency’s Home Improvement Loan.
Step 4. Purchase & Installation
Another thing to consider when you purchase solar panels is finding the optimal space for it in your home.
We highly recommend that you leave the installation to experts to avoid safety hazards. Most providers can tell the optimal location and orientation of the panels.
Step 5. Reap the benefits and share your story!
Tell everyone your story by posting on the Solar Rooftop Challenge Facebook page!