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The Most Affordable Solar Package in Metro Manila!

Clean, safe, and now affordable!

Lodestar Engineering in its effort to make renewable energy better, faster and more affordable is finally releasing its new package for Metro Manila clients. This 1KW package is available for as low as PHP 2000 a month for 36 months! Inclusive are:

4 x 255W YINGLI Solar Panels
1 x 1.5KW SOLAX Grid Tie Inverter
Aluminum mounting rails
Accessories
Installation
Warranty: 20 years for YINGLI solar panels, 4 years for SOLAX inverter

ALSO AVAILABLE: 3KW & 5KW Packages. European brands also available.

ONLY 4 slots available for SEPTEMBER 2016! Reserve your slot now!
Terms & conditions apply. Net metering fee not included.

Yingli Green Energy is one of three companies holding the leading positions across 7 of 10 key regions and has supplied the most solar products worldwide. Yingli’s is accredited to ISO 9001 standards.

CONTACT sales@lodestar.ph or (+632)5348686 for more information!

LODESTAR BRANDS: Yingli Panels (CN), Solax Inverters (CN), Phocos Charge Controllers (DE, Exclusive Distributor), SMA (DE), Heckert Panels (DE), Hoppecke Batteries (DE), SPS Panels (IT), IMEON Inverter (FR), Trojan Batteries (US), and many more…

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USA’s top energy storage solution, Trojan deep cycle batteries are now available in the Philippines!

Homeowners, environmentalists and green companies rejoice! You can now enjoy the benefits of USA’s #1 deep-cycle battery. Lodestar Engineering now carries Trojan deep cycle batteries from California at affordable prices! Trojan deep cycle batteries are the top choice for smart homeowners because of its reliability, high quality and big ampere hour storage.

Car Batteries VS Trojan Deep Cycle Batteries

Deep cycle batteries differ from car batteries which deliver high amperage over a short amount of time. Deep cycle batteries, on the other hand, give short bursts of energy over a longer period of time. Hence, deep cycle batteries are used for solar power applications. Using the wrong type of battery can not only be dangerous to your whole solar power system, you would just be wasting your money.

Trojan Deep Cycle Batteries: Top Choice For the Smart Environmentalist

Many users of Trojan deep cycle batteries happily give the batteries a 4 out of 5 star rating. Most reviews praising the products for its reliability at an affordable price. Some users even going so far as to say it has the best support and warranty. Such claims are not surprising since Trojan Batteries has been manufacturing deep cycle batteries for (would you believe it?) 84 years and counting. In that time, they have managed to T2 technology which makes Trojan deep cycle batteries more effective and sustainable than other batteries. Trojan deep-cycle batteries also use C2 Technology which amplifies the effectiveness of the batteries from shell to plates. Last but not the least, Trojan deep cycle batteries also use Smart Carbon Technology which lengthens the life of your Trojan deep cycle batteries. No doubt, Trojan Batteries have perfected the art of producing the best quality deep cycle batteries known to man.

Trojan Deep Cycle Batteries: Quality You Can Rely On

In the end, there’s no denying that Chinese products have proliferated in the solar power market. While there are some which deliver, most of the batteries that populate the market are unfamiliar and unreliable. So for clean energy enthusiasts who prefer to be safe, there’s Trojan Deep Cycle batteries for solar power installations. Available through Lodestar Engineering!

ABOUT TROJAN BATTERIES

Trojan Battery Company is a family-owned business established in Santa Fe, California in 1952. Their specialty is manufacture of advanced lead acid deep cycle batteries. Trojan batteries provide clean, reliable energy storage for use in home, industrial and other power applications. Widely used for golf carts, Trojan Batteries are now very popular for renewable energy use (solar, wind, micro-hydro).

Trojan Battery’s manufacturing facilities in California and Georgia are ISO 9001:2000 certifiedCurrently. The company boasts of its large and extensive bi-coastal research & development centers dedicated to battery technology in North America.

ABOUT LODESTAR

Lodestar Engineering Philippines is a service and trading company with more than 29 years of experience in electromechanical products and services. Recently diversifying into the Philippine solar power industry, the company has added individual solar products, solar power system installations, solar panel kits, etc. in its lineup of products and offers it for both homes and businesses in the Philippines. Lodestar has a dynamic and technically knowledgeable team to support its products and perform after sales services. Furthermore, the company is accredited and able to work with prestigious companies such as Petron, Team Sual, DMCI, KEPCO, EDC, Manila Water, Maynilad, Aboitiz and more.

Feel free to browse our resource section containing glossaries, faqs and articles. You may also contact our sales department for any questions and concerns.

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We are pleased to announce to our clients in the hydropower, food, water treatment and chemical industry that ABO Valves from Europe now has a production facility just outside Shanghai, China! The new factory manufactures concentric butterfly valves ranging from series 600 and 900 fit for actuation. ABO Valves’ factory will also hold stocks of their high-performance butterfly valves made from their Europe factory.

Furthermore, ABO Valves now offer PTFE lined valves for the chemical industry, which currently run up to 10” in size and are manufactured in Europe.

ABOUT ABO VALVES

Founded in 1993 as a daughter company of a Czech company Siwatec ABO Valves has a history of more than 20 years and is currently one of the largest European manufacturers of shut-off and control valves for industrial applications.

ABOUT LODESTAR

Lodestar Engineering Philippines is a service and trading company with more than 29 years of experience in electromechanical products and services. Recently diversifying into the Philippine solar power industry, the company has added individual solar products, solar power system installations, solar panel kits, etc. in its lineup of products and offers it for both homes and businesses in the Philippines. Lodestar has a dynamic and technically knowledgeable team to support its products and perform after sales services. Furthermore, the company is accredited and able to work with prestigious companies such as Petron, Team Sual, DMCI, KEPCO, EDC, Manila Water, Maynilad, Aboitiz and more.

Feel free to browse our resource section containing glossaries, faqs and articles. You may also contact our sales department for any questions and concerns.

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Finally, reliable solar inverters at an affordable price!

It’s no secret that the most expensive part of any solar power installation is the solar inverter. The solar inverter converts the DC electricity generated from the solar panels into AC electricity which is used by home appliances. Because all electricity passes through the solar inverter, it is referred to as the “heart” of a solar power installation making it a vital aspect worthy of splurging.

Since solar power is a relatively new technology, Filipinos are not keen to jump the gun on expensive equipment. Solar inverters (of good quality) can take up more than 50% of the total cost for the solar power installation. However, Filipinos being a frugal bunch, would prefer that their investment last a one-time use. We have all purchased those Chinese products that promise but doesn’t deliver. If only we have a Chinese solar inverter that’s almost as reliable as European solar inverters – here is where SolaX solar inverters come in.

SolaX solar inverters have been tested rigorously in many laboratories including China’s top 3 research university. Security-wise, SolaX solar inverters have passed product and electrical certifications. Furthermore, the local solar power group in the Philippines has been trying out and testing SolaX solar inverters in the Philippine settin for some time now. According to feedback, SolaX solar inverters is user-friendly, durable and very easy on the pocket. SolaX solar inverters are also favored for their low-maintenance and reliability. So long as you’re ok with Chinese brand solar equipment, SolaX is probably the best option for solar inverters.

To learn more about SolaX solar inverters, you may visit the Solax 1.5KW Grid Tie Inverter product page.

ABOUT SOLAX

SolaX Power (Zhejiang Ailuo Power Co., Ltd.) is a solar power equipment manufacturer from Hangzou, China which specializes in manufacturing hybrid/off grid/grid tie inverters for solar power applications. SolaX’s reseach and development affiliate is China’s top three (3) university, Zhejiang University which is conveniently located in China’s key silicon materials laboratories (aka China’s Silicon Valley).  Solax is has subsidiaries in EU, UK, Australia, Germany and Slovakia. The company is led by a vision of “planting a greener future.”

ABOUT LODESTAR

Lodestar Engineering Philippines is a service and trading company with more than 29 years of experience in electromechanical products and services. Recently diversifying into the Philippine solar power industry, the company has added individual solar products, solar power system installations, solar panel kits, etc. in its lineup of products and offers it for both homes and businesses in the Philippines. Lodestar has a dynamic and technically knowledgeable team to support its products and perform after sales services. Furthermore, the company is accredited and able to work with prestigious companies such as Petron, Team Sual, DMCI, KEPCO, EDC, Manila Water, Maynilad, Aboitiz and more.

To know more facts and information about solar power, its benefits, the process of a solar power system installation, available solar panel kits, individual solar panels, solar inverters, solar charge controllers, solar batteries and more, feel free to browse our resource section containing glossaries, faqs and articles. You may also contact our sales department for any questions and concerns.

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Solar Manufacturing Secret

Malaysia is the biggest benefactor of the solar trade wars. While Chinese companies are dealt with American tariffs and European quotas, Malaysia has drawn many mulinational companies with low labor costs, good relationships with the west, tax breaks and english-speaking engineering talents. Tom Werner of SunPower states that “We liked Malaysia because it was a cross between just a straight low-cost play and a high-engineering play — it was sort of in the middle, where it was lower-cost but good engineering.”

Six factories from Malaysia produce 83% of First Solar’s solar panels and the rest is made by workers in Ohio.

Inevitable Growth

Catching up with China and the Eurpian Union, Malaysia has become the world’s third biggest producer of solar equipment. The coming months look promising for the Southeast asian nation if the American government broadens tariffs on panels made in China.

The bullish growth of solar manufacturing in Malaysia is a rare but unavoidable even in an industry known for heavily supporting even the smallest factory opening or new solar panel farm.

Manufacturers try to avoid attention to offshore production. The factories in the country are almost exclusively owned by American, European, South Korean and Japanese companies that market the operations as done in their respective countries.

Patrons of Malaysian Solar Manufacturing

First Solar isn’t the only company with a production secret in Malaysia, Panasonic, SunEdison, Hanwha Q Cells and SunPower all have mega factories in Malaysia with Silicon Valley start up, Solexel, preparing to build its own production facility in the area.

Catching up with China and the Eurpian Union, Malaysia has become the world’s third biggest producer of solar equipment. The coming months look promising for the Southeast asian nation if the American government broadens tariffs on panels made in China.

Source: NY Times

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Steep Initial Investment for Solar Power Products

While solar power is increasingly embraced by the Philippine market, its high upfront cost prevents many homeowners to avail of the technology.

As a company offering solar power product and services in Philippines, we receive numerous calls and inquiries about the infamous technology.Since solar power products have influxed the market, many consumers have tried sourcing from unbranded providers (like Raon or Divisoria) making even the most simple Filipino citizen benefit from the sun’s power. However, these unknown products – although cheap, usually do not have the quality and durability that is standard with solar panel manufacturers.

Good, reliable quality of solar power products do not come cheap. This is because the more securities and improvements the product undergoes, the costlier it’ll get. Because of the boom in solar power technology, however, the prices of solar power products have begun to decrease rapidly. For now, anyone who would like to benefit from the sun’s unlimited potential must prepare a pretty steep investment first – hence, the need for solar financing.

Pag-IBIG Helps its Members with Solar Financing Loan

In response to citizen’s funding issues, the Home Development Mutual Fund otherwise known as Pag-IBIG has arranged solar financing that allow their members to the purchase and install solar s financed through the Home Improvement Loan.

In a press briefing, Imperial Homes Corporation (IHC) mentions that they have been working closely with Pag-IBIG to launch the first solar-powered mass housing community.

The project is planned to have 500-watt solar panels installed in each of the 1000 low-cost housing units in Santo Tomas, Batangas with an upcoming additional 20 units.

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With the influx of solar power technology, the Department of Energy sees it proper to put up standards for the solar installations in the Philippines.

Unqualified Service Providers for Solar Installations is Common

DOE’s Renewable Energy Management Bureau director, Mario Marasigan, states that many solar installations were not correctly performed resulting in failed operations.

“The problem is not unique to the Philippines… but even globally since regulation is not yet in place,” Marasigan said.

The topic of solar installations were tackled in the recent Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation – Expert Group 44th Meeting (APEC-EGNRET) held in Laoag City where APEC member country representatives from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, US, Chinese Taipei and Philippines attended.

Andre Susano of Castlerock Asia states that many countries lack workmanship and safety regulations for solar installations which have caused unsafe and failed solar installations, system underperformance, frequent system repairs and unnecessary expenses for the customers.

Training Requirement for Upcoming Solar Installation Service Providers

A national program with a certification standard to produce highly capable and well prepared industry professionals for solar installations were presented.

According to Marasigan, the Philippines started solar installations in private academic institutions resulting in power bill savings for schools. The director further notes that he sees the need for individual households to generate solar power.

Source: MCAFMM-PIA

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 Background of the Solar Cell Road Project

Back in November 2014, Netherlands constructed the world’s first road made out of solar cells. The country known for its cycling culture, is staying true to its message by building a solar cell road for bikes (not cars). The length of the bike lane for the solar cell road is protected by two layers of safety glass protecting the solar cells underneath which has enough potential to power about three Dutch houses.

Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research and the Dutch province of North Holland introduced the 230 foot portion of the project dubbed as “SolaRoad”. While it doesn’t look a lot, the solar cell road is actually a testing ground for futher testing the technology on small roadways and more bike lanes.

SolaRoad as a Testing Ground for Future RE Roads

In the next few years, researchers will be testing and measuring how much energy the solar cell road produces and how it’s holding up to the influx of bikers. Should the solar cell road work well, the researchers were also hoping to extend the SolaRoad to 328 feet by 2016.

The Solar Cell Road Today

Fast forward to May 2015, the solar cell road is a huge success! During the first half year of the solar cell road, the technology is found to be performing better than expected.

According to Al-Jazeera America,  the solar cell road has produced more than 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy (that’s enough to power a single small household for a year).

Stan De Wit, the spokesman for the solar cell road project states that they predicted the solar cell road project as an upper limit in the experimental stage and after the first six months, can therefore conclude that the solar cell road project is a success. The spokesperson further mentions that they did not expect the solar cell road project to produce high amounts of energy so quickly.

So far, about more than 100, 000 bikers have passed on the road. Arian de Bondt, director of Ooms Civiel, one of the companies involved on the project, mentions that the developers are working on developing the panels for the solar cell road project that could withstand large vehicles including passenger busses.

While the solar cell road project is working smoothly, producing solar power from a solar array located on a house or field is still much more effective compared to the energy the solar cell road produces. This is due to the fact that the panels in the solar cell road cannot be tilted to harness energy from the sun optimally. Hence, the solar cell road does not harvest as much sunlight as panels do on an array. On the other hand, solar cell roads do not take up as much space as solar panels do on a house or field – a benefit for installing in very populated areas.

Reference: Thinkprogress.org

Would the solar road project be a good application for the Philippines?

Let’s take into account the density and characteristic of the population, the location of the installment and other external factors.

Political

With the approval of the Renewable Energy bill and increasing support of the solar power technology in the Philippines, the Philippine government welcomes the idea of self-sustaining and renewable energy sources. The upcoming elections also makes the project attractive for potential candidates.

Economic

Power demands and prices are set to increase making renewable energy sources much needed.

Social

Solar power is gaining a lot of acceptance and attention.

Technology

Because of the continuous development and demand, the prices of solar power technology continues to be more affordable while the product becomes more available.

 

(Image from: SolaRoad)

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Manila, Philippines – With the increasing acceptance of consumers for Philippines solar power, solar companies are proposing to increase installation targets for Philippines solar power.

What is the Existing FIT System?

Under the current FIT system, renewable energy producers are entitled to 9.68 PHP per kWh for solar power production, 8.53 PHP for wind power production and 5.90 PHP for hydro power production.

In this regard, the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) is working on a second version of feed-in-tariff (FIT) incentives for Philippines solar power.

No Rush for New Philippines Solar Power FIT Rate

According to NREB vice-chairman Mr. Ernesto Pantangco, “We did mention a price of maybe something that could be considered by the developers and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in their deliberations is something like 8.95 PHP per kWh.” Pantangco also mentions his concerns about how certain prices may not be beneficial for the FIT allowance in the long run thus, careful considerations must be taken into account. He also states that the board is currently studying the repercussions on both RE and non-RE stakeholders holding consultations by working with oppositors to determine an appropriate rate.

“We want to encourage (Philippines solar power companies) but at the same time, we want to temper the impact to consumers,” the NREB vice chairman said.

Reference: Philippine Star

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On May 5, 2015 the MIT Energy Initiative released a comprehensive study about the future of solar energy. As a popular renewable energy solution for meeting the world’s long-term energy needs,  the acceptance of solar power continues to rise.

A Decision Tool for Solar Power Policies

In this regard, the study was presented to law makers and senior administration officers in Washington. The study’s aim is to reflect on the technical, commercial and policy dimensions of solar power for proper decision making in effective federal and state support. More so, the study was also aimed to increase support for research and development, technology demonstration and solar deployment.

According to MITEI’s director, Robert Armstrong, the objective of the study was to asses solar energy’s current and potential competitive place for improving efficiency and effectivity in US government policies in supporting its massive deployment of the technology over time.

Furthermore, the study proves that focus is needed to shift toward new technologies and policies that may make solar power a compelling economic option.

A Comparison to Philippines’ Bland Solar Power Incentives

Meanwhile, in the Philippines, the only incentives for renewable energy producers are limited. Unlike in the U.S. where numerous federal incentives are offered, locally, the benefits are limited (if not hampered) to Net Metering at less than half the buying electricity rate and import tax exemption only IF the importer will be using the imported equipment. More in this issue in another Lodestar Solar Power Philippines article.

Reference: MIT

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