Developer sunny about new power deal

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Saturday, March 8, 2014


AS IT expands its portfolio, AboitizLand Inc. is pioneering the development of solar-powered homes, with one of its residential projects in Cebu implementing the system for the first time.

AboitizLand assistant vice president for sales Audie G. Villa said during the launch yesterday that it has partnered with Enfinity to install solar panels in its Almiya community in Canduman, Mandaue City. He
described the company as the world’s leading solar panel developer.

Two solar panels that can provide 250 watts each will be installed per residential unit, added Villa.
Enfinity business developent manager Marcus Andre C. Ong said that 500 watts of solar power will translate into as much savings as P600 per month in the home owner’s electricity bill.

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“With the rising price of electricity, having a solar panel will also increase the homeowner’s savings,” Ong said.

The system is synchronized with the Visayan Electric Co.’s (Veco) line, said Ong, with the incorporation of a metering system. Homeowners will only pay for the electricity consumed from Veco’s regular power line, in cases where the electricity generated by the solar panel exceeds the homeowner’s consumption.

Ong added that homeowners who have availed themselves of the solar panels can opt to sell excess electricity to Veco.

No extra cost, for now

The implementation of solar panels in Almiya will have “no additional cost” during the promo period, said Villa.

He said the system “greatly increases the value of this project as it offers great benefits to vecinos.”
Former buyers of Almiya, however, will have to purchase the solar panel. A one-kilowatt (kW) solar panel will cost around P150,000.

The solar panels in Almiya are to be installed on a house’s south-facing roof section. The system will convert the sun’s energy into a direct current (DC), which is then carried by a wire into an inverter. The inverter converts it into alternative current (AC) ready for use within the home. The energy may be used to power lights and appliances.

Aside from cutting down the electricity bills, the use of solar panels will also reduce one’s carbon footprint.

A typical domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) system is said “to prevent the release of over a ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, or more than eight tons over the 25-year lifespan of the system.”

Villa said that AboitizLand will still look into the “acceptability” of the solar panels in Almiya. If the response is positive, the developer may incorporate the system in its other projects.

Almiya, dubbed as a “complete community of the North”, offers 150 houses for its Phase 2. Villa said 30 percent has been sold. Almiya’s Phase 1 was reportedly sold out four months after it was launched in June 2013. (JOG)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 09, 2014.

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