Visayan Solar Service
Commercial & Residential Solar Solutions
OUR PHILOSOPHY - Our clients come first.
OUR COMMITMENT - Provide equitable solutions at a fair cost.
"The Solar Guy"
Jeff has moved to Negros from Hawaii where over 25 years in the solar industry. "SOLAR IS MY LIFE'S WORK" says the Solar Guy Jeff Davis. Education is a close second. He is currently hosting a Visayan radio show "KAPIHAN" every Friday 4-5 pm on 93.7 ENERGY FM. Topics include education, tourism, energy, and environment.
"The solar electric future of the Philippines is about to explode! I've seen how that happened in Hawaii and the timing is perfect for the Philippines!
"Imagine... Protecting the environment while making a guaranteed investment with a 30% return PER YEAR over the lifetime of the system. "The Solar Guy."
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"The Electrical Engineer"
"I saw the potential for solar roof top production and knew immediately that I would be on the cutting edge of this expanding industry. As an electrical engineer, I always love a challenge. In this case, my entire career has led me to this moment.
"Working with Jeff was just what I was hoping for. His knowledge of equipment and application of installation is a perfect match to my background. Jeff understands the basics, safety, reliability, roof penetration and waterproofing!
Ailyn Magalso Cabag
“I’ve always been business minded. As a child, my first chicken food cart in Sta. Catalina was just an inkling of my drive, ambition, and potential” says Ailyn.
Ailyn is the perfect Office Manager and Financial Officer. “Cross the t's and dot the i's and, most important, keep the clients informed and happy.
“I love what I do” says Ailyn. Without her commitment and drive, it wouldn’t be as fun and rewarding. She earns respect from all quarters – employees, install crews, electricians, but most of all, the clients.
"My career in solar spans 28 years. Mostly in Hawaii which has so many similarities to the Philippines. Augusto Tebio is a master electrical engineer and a man I can trust. He was the first to install a large-scale solar project in Foundation University years ago consisting of 160 solar panels. There is a right way and a wrong way to install solar electric. Augusto knows the right way and will promptly stop any wrong or half-way measures of an installation. Substandard work only creates a bad work environment and can only hurt the finished product. That’s why we partner so well – we both understand this basic tenet of contracting.
"Solar electric is here to stay. Solar is now competitive with coal. Solar will be part of the future generations for all the right reasons."
~ Jeff Davis, "The Solar Guy"
Inverters take the direct current (DC) captured from the sun and invert that to alternating current (AC) that can be used for all purposes and exported safely to the electric grid. There are two types of inverters:
This inverter technology has progressed for over 60 years and is used exclusively in commercial application as well as residential. The efficiency of inverting DC to AC is approximately 95% of the captured electricity.
This type of inverter harvests more solar energy than any other. They are proven and reliable. A typical central inverter could last 15 to 20 years and be replaced at an affordable cost. Unlike micro inverters, the system array or panels do not need to be disassembled to repair or replace the inverter.
A micro inverter is very small and each panel has one. The sales pitch is that if one fails, “the rest will still work.” From vast experience, we can tell you that you will spend the rest of your life replacing them one after the other. Replacing a defective micro inverter (basically a toy) is very time consuming and expensive. Yes, they may offer a “great” warranty, but taking apart the system to reach the “broken” inverter is a labor nightmare. Micro inverters have a much lower rate of inverting DC to AC, approximately 86 to 88% inversion as compared to the 95% of central inverters.
Electronics do not like heat. Central inverters often have built-in fans to keep them cool. Micro inventers use no fans. They also suffer from the heat on the roof where they are installed. Micro inverters and the Philippines are a bad combination.
From our experience, micro inverters are a cheap way to install. The installer saves money while having a great sales pitch. “Every panel has one.” And every one will fail in due time. Good luck on getting your installer to continue to replace them month after month.
BY FAR THE PREFERRED METHOD TO SAVE MONEY.
Solar panels are a simple yet very effective way to make your own electricity and save millions of pesos over the years.
The return on investment is only four to five years! The lifetime of the solar panel is 40 to 50 years!
These systems include panels, installation racking, and an inverter system to change the DC (Direct Current) produced by the panel into AC (Alternating Current) used in our grid. There is also monitoring to know “exactly” how much electricity is being generated.
Since these systems generate electricity only during daylight hours, your property will still be connected to the utility service in your area. Batteries will become affordable to use with these systems in approximately three to four years.
Rent to own is technically known as “feed in tariff." There is no initial investment necessary. No money to start.
You pay a financing firm for the electricity produced during the day at the same rate or less that you currently pay your local utility for electricty. Your budget stays the same.
In most cases, this rate is “locked in” for the term of agreement – it will not go up annually as your local provider does. But some leases escalate annually.
At an agreed upon term (usually 20 years) you will have the option to:
ONE PANEL COST = PH ₱ 22,500.00 *APPROXIMATE COST
ONE PANEL SAVINGS PER MONTH = PH ₱ 400.00+
Return on Investment = 22,500 ÷ 400 = 56 months
Factor in depreciation for commercial application = ₱ ₱ ₱
Factor in increasing costs from your utility company = ₱ ₱ ₱
RETURN ON INVESTMENT = 4 TO 4 1/2 YEARS
Just as leasing a car is expensive relative to direct purchase, so is solar leasing. Over the usual 20 year term of the lease, you pay five to eight times the cost of direct purchase!
HOWEVER, THERE IS A MIDDLE GROUND – BANK FINANCING WITH AN AVERAGE TERM OF ONLY FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS.
The idea that solar products will perform better in the future is given. Waiting for that day is a bad economic plan. The cost of your electric bill payments will accrue while waiting and you will have lost much more money than you could EVER save by technological advance.
Remember, it’s all the same in the end – free electricity. You don’t need the latest and greatest panel to produce the exact same product.
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