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Source: The Philippine Star

Here comes the sun: How you can save from solar power

December 6, 2012

MANILA, Philippines - The awareness and push to go green have been greater than ever, thanks to the collective effort of companies, organizations, and the media. From recycling to using earth-friendly materials to efficient energy consumption, there are now myriad ways to minimize not only one's carbon footprint, but also to save money. One of the more efficient and effective ways to achieve both is by using solar power technology or photovoltaic panels. Also called PVs, the system collects energy from the sun to generate electricity and power a home or an office.


How it works

Solar energy reduces the amount of fossil fuel to be burned to generate electricity, subsequently limiting pollutants and carbon dioxide that go to the atmosphere.

Depending on the system, a complete home or office setup can power appliances such as lighting or air-conditioning units and some electrical outlets.

Typically installed on rooftops, solar panels collect DC power and send it to an inverter that converts it into AC (alternating current) power.

The AC power goes from the inverter to the electrical panel, where it now becomes ready to use. Once the solar system produces more power than needed, the meter actually spins backwards.

A home or office is still, of course, connected to the utility grid so it can get as much power as it needs outside of what the solar system produces.


The right system for you

Whether for a home or office, the solar system you need must be customized to get the best possible performance, which will bring about the best cost and energy savings as well.

Solar power provider Green Heat (GH), which designs, installs and maintains solar PV systems, has the right technology, expertise, and experience to do the job right.

Green Heat was involved in numerous large-scale projects such as the Asian Development Bank's solar power plant, rural electrification project of the government, and private installations.

Green Heat uses silicon-powered technology, considered the world's most dependable solar technology. With over 40 years of demonstrated field performance, silicon modules have continued to outlast and outperform other solar technologies.

Since roofs have limited space for solar modules, Green Heat's panels have higher module efficiencies. This means each panel works better in absorbing energy.

Moreover, Green Heat's panels have "enhanced weak light performance," where the solar glass ensures that the panels perform well under real world, low light conditions.

Green Heat's panels are also low-maintenance since they have "self-cleaning" technology where a special layer in the high-quality solar glass of the modules causes water to run off more quickly, enabling the glass to clean itself of dust and dirt.


Complete, efficient design

Solar PV panels are, of course, just a part of the entire system. As they say, "You are only as strong as your weakest link." In solar PV technology, the rest of the system has to be equally efficient and reliable; otherwise, the best panels will not give you the ideal return of investment.

Green Heat provides clients a complete assessment of their solar energy requirements during the proposal stage that cover system design and cost.

Once approved by the client, Green Heat executes the design plan and turns over the system after a series of tests. With a one-year after-sales warranty, clients can completely rely on their solar PV setup.

Harnessing solar energy can go a long way in saving you money and the environment.