Chinese solar company forays into PH - Manila Bulletin

Chinese solar company forays into PH – Manila Bulletin

LONGi, a major Chinese manufacturer of solar PV modules and developer of solar energy projects, strives to provide solar energy solutions to individual households in the country.

Victoria Luxon, LONGi’s main business partner in the Philippines, said in an email interview that even as they seek to do business in the country, the company is prioritizing its advocacy for building awareness about the benefits of using solar energy.

LONGi has sought to introduce and promote the distributed solar market model, a distribution program that informs how end consumers can access the solar system.

So far, it has partnered with local company OpenSolar to accelerate adoption of solar and renewable energy and provide clean energy professionals with end-to-end digital design, sales and management software to grow their business.

With that said, Luxon said, Lungi is preparing to launch a solar academy series in the Philippines to create public awareness.

Above all, she said, solar-generated power is much cheaper than purchasing from utilities. Business owners also view solar energy systems as worthwhile investments for long-term cost savings.

Unlike energy that is fueled by fossil fuels, whose emissions are considered harmful to the environment and human health, solar energy has zero emissions which makes it the best option for clean, environmentally friendly and sustainable energy.

LONGi believes that making solar energy easy to use, efficient and of excellent quality is essential. Solar energy is no longer rocket science. Luxon explained that the Filipino family can unambiguously access it, especially since the Philippines is one of the countries most affected by climate change, which makes Filipinos sensitive and innovative towards cleaner solutions.

Luxon also noted that solar costs are already lower than generating coal and fossil fuels even without subsidies. It helps Filipino families save on electricity costs. On the other hand, we can now solve the problem of precarious access to electricity by installing rooftop solar systems coupled with energy storage at the most competitive rates.”

She pointed out that solar installation on roofs is one of the applications of adopting open spaces for solar energy, and this technology is not limited to any company.

According to Locson, LONGi is not looking for any specific return at this time. “We just hope to create awareness of this lifestyle and educate many local EPCs to make solar energy accessible to the general public if they want to try it,” she said.

Electricity rates in the Philippines are the highest among the ten ASEAN member countries. For users who live in areas without a grid, energy costs are usually much higher.

With the sharp drop in PV technology prices, Luxon said solar PV provides the most economical solution to this problem and can even be installed without any grid capacity.

Thus, they are prioritizing the Philippine market for their solar energy solutions adding that the Philippines has always been an important market for LONGi. “Any vacant roof could become viable for investment in solar energy in this radiation-rich country for a period of more than 25 years,” she said.

Luxon explained that LONGi is a market leader in monocrystalline solar technology. In 2015, polycrystalline products dominated more than 80 percent of the solar market, and monocrystalline technology was considered effective but expensive.

Now, she said, more than 90 percent of solar projects use monocrystalline modules. Standard PV module will last for 25 years, at least 30 years for glass on glass modules.

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