How and Why We Verify Solar Suppliers and Installers

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People are getting into solar right now. And that is so great! There are lot of benefits to going solar such as lower electricity costs, grid independence, and reduced effects on climate change. 

Because of this growing and glowing interest in solar, the local market is also expanding with a sudden increase in various vendors. According to industry reports of Mordor Intelligence, “The solar energy market in the Philippines is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 13.40% during the forecast period of 2020 – 2025.”

But then, there is also an increase in the presence of fly-by-night vendors and suppliers of substandard equipment. A quick search on Facebook Marketplace returns hundreds of sellers offering packages and Do-Iy-Yourself kits at very, very low prices. And as the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, then it’s not true.

In a fast-growing industry like solar power, the presence of shady, and often unlicensed, vendors should not be overlooked. These entities take little account of the quality of their products. And because of the lack of legalities of their transaction, customers have a hard time transitioning to solar and maintaining their investments. 

Consumers may be tempted to transact with these fly-by-night and unregistered vendors commonly because their costs are typically lower than prevailing market rates. Typically, a consumer’s bottom line is to save money. At a glance, the consumer may initially think that he is acquiring savings but if we analyze it deeper, the high risk presented by low-quality and substandard supplies do not add up to the supposed savings. 

Investing on equipment that (un)knowingly is substandard may pose safety concerns as these may cause issues such as fire and electrical hazards. These hazards not just shorten the lifespan of your equipment, but may incur damages to your entire electrical system, to your house and its occupants. In the end, you may not be actually getting the savings that you are expecting to get. 

In addition, it is also important to have reliable after sales support. An unfortunate example can be seen in this comment section of the Department of Trade and Industry, where a certain solar customer got scammed. The supplier delivered a different brand of solar equipment and when the customer asked for a refund, the vendor cannot be contacted anymore.

Details were redacted to protect the poster’s personal information.

For the industry, it tarnishes the overall reputation. Doubts about the technology, such as questions on reliability and return on investment, adds an additional hurdle in encouraging more Filipinos to shift and adopt solar energy. 

This should not be the case. We believe that adopting solar can be made easy if only consumers have proper and constant support, and have peace of mind that they are getting reliable service from established technical professionals.. That is the goal of SolarWisePH. Every step of the way, from installation to maintenance, SolarWisePH eases your #ShiftToSolar journey by linking you with legitimate and trusted partners.

When you search for solar products from our platform, you have the guarantee of getting quality products and workmanship from duly-registered and legitimate suppliers and installers. Furthermore, your rights as a consumer are protected, respected, and can be exercised anytime that is necessary. You are also in good hands! Our partner suppliers and installers have sufficient experience of after sales support that they can give to you. From setting-up your equipment to maintenance of your products, our partners are committed to giving you the best experience and return of investment. Both immediately and in the long run, going solar with the help of SolarWisePH is the best way to go! 

Our Services

Our main mission is to connect homeowners and business owners to solar suppliers and installers.

In today’s competitive and thriving solar market, we ensure that you get only the best. Through our services, you are guaranteed to have safe, secure, and quality products and services that best fit both your needs and preferences.

As part of our commitment, we ensure that our partner suppliers and installers are vetted and verified. Our rigorous and strict background check includes but is not limited to: (1) confirming if they are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), (2) verifying that they have a Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) License, (3) checking if they live up to their promises and deliverables among others.

SolarWisePH is committed to ensuring that all our partners have established backgrounds and consistent performance. Whoever you are, wherever you are in your solar journey, SolarWisePH is here to help you!

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