“Solar Power Philippines.” We’re researching our solar power options in the Philippines. During a recent trip to SM City in nearby Iloilo my asawa and I decided to check out a new establishment. The company was offering solar living possibilities for our new home in the Philippines.
We’ve had a recent spate of brownouts in our island province of Guimaras (two more yesterday.) We decided we might as well look at what this outlet,“Solar Living”, had to offer.
SM City expanded their Iloilo mall last year. While many of the new retail outlets announced haven’t opened yet, this particular establishment has been operating since last November. I hadn’t even bothered to poke my fat kano head inside up to this point.
There was one lone Filipina in the office. We informed the Pinay that we had a new residence in the Philippines and were tired of all the brownouts we were experiencing in Guimaras.
I looked at one large solar panel on display and asked it’s cost. The panel was for display purposes only.
I was informed by the clerk that they offer packages starting at 202,000 pesos, 4,300 US Dollars, for 1,000 WATS. The employee stated that such a set-up would power our lights and fans.
I asked if it would also provide power to our refrigerator.
The young lady replied that they would need to send someone out to assess our needs and then give us a quote.
My wife and I both agreed that we would like to schedule a visit and asked the employee to send a “Solar Specialist” to our home in Guimaras.
That was a month ago. No one from Solar Living has even bothered to text us or call us. My spouse left her number.
Graphic courtesy of “Solar Living”
We could contact the company but I’m not keen on a business that doesn’t even respond to your initial request.
Solar Living’s brochure states they might not be the cheapest but they claim to be “the best.” However, they’re not getting off to a good start with us.
We probably will never go off “the grid” entirely. However, we want to investigate other solar options we have in the Philippines.
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The headquarters of Solar Living is in British Columbia. Aside from the new office in Iloilo they also have an outlet in Makati City.
Their literature states that a person can choose a payment plan for as low as 3,799 pesos a month, 80 USD. We are more than willing to pay the total cost up front if we think solar would be best for us.
With an average electric bill of around 3,000 pesos a month, 64 bucks, it would take about 5.5 years to equal the initial cost of 202,000 pesos quoted to us. But if none of the “Solar Specialists” bother to stop by, I guess we’ll continue to “enjoy” our almost daily brownouts courtesy of GUIMELCO, our local utility company.
But we will continue our research into solar power options in the Philippines. A quick Google search reveals other businesses offering solar energy in our area such as “Solar Power Iloilo” and “Solar Energy Service.” I’m sure there’s more.
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With an upcoming trip to Manila coming up, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check out more solar power Philippines options.
But what about a generator, you might wonder? Though our new domicile is wired for a generator, we’re really not wanting to purchase one at this time. We will continue to tolerate the frequent power outages from Guimaras and use our solar-powered light bulb at night.
We’re also contemplating purchasing a solar-powered oscillating fan for when it’s especially hot and humid. We’re into the rainy season now and we’ve switched off the air con, but a fan is something I need to sleep comfortably at night.
Solar power Philippines. We need to educate ourselves more on solar energy and decide if that’s the route we want to go.