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Greenpeace guides Filipinos to solar rooftops

By Ciara Alarcon - on 26 Jul 2016, 2:34pm

Greenpeace guides Filipinos to solar rooftops

Greenpeace has released average Filipino’s guide to solar rooftops.

  • Step 1: Get to know solar power

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.
Ask a friend or relative who’s a solar consumer directly about his/her experience. It's also a great idea to look into first-hand accounts from solar energy users. These solar stories are where you’re most likely to get the answers you're looking for.

It's also worth reading up on how light energy is converted into electricity. Many sites offer comprehensive yet newbie-friendly materials on the science behind solar panels, like Save On Energy’s article on how solar panels work.

  • Step 2: Do an energy audit

It’s necessary to find out how much energy you consume. It’s a crucial step in determining the solar equipment you’ll need, and also helps you determine how much you can save in terms of both energy efficiency and production.

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 energy.

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 solar panels and sell the energy back to your local electric company. This setup can lower your electricity bills with net metering.

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.

  • Step 4: Purchase and Installation

Another thing to consider when you purchase solar panels is finding the optimal space for it in your home. Greenpeace 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

Source: Greenpeace