The Philippines receives an average of 5 kWh/m2 of irradiance, or solar power. Being a tropical country means it is able to receive more sunlight, which is now becoming a form of energy source, known as solar energy. A discovery of this treasure unique to the Philippines has lead everyone asking, “Should Filipino households start investing in solar panels?”
Solar panels tend to be very expensive. Mike De Guzman, a businessman featured in a news website, said that his solar panel system costs about P500, 000. Solar panels also take up space, which is problematic for some households who are targeting a specific amount of power generated through their installed systems.
Solar energy can be tricky to use. It’s an intermittent power source which significantly lessens during the night and during cloudy, shady days. In fact, if you want to convert all your energy source into solar power, you will need an energy storage.
Nevertheless, solar energy is a renewable energy source that has a huge potential and has a lot of benefits. As long as the sun shines in the Philippines, solar panels can always harvest energy for free.
Solar panels are also said to last for 30 years or more, able to give its users more savings in the long run.
The Philippines still gets 30% of its energy from coal mines, which adds not only to overall air pollution in the country, but also to the decrement of Filipino’s health. Harvesting solar power is far more environmentally friendly. They don’t emit greenhouse gases nor do they drain up fossil fuels and other non-renewable resources.