(Conclusion, continued from yesterday)
The “Build Build Build” program of President Rodrigo Duterte is another goal William Che Hon Ngai hoped to meet when he established SunSmart Solar Power Technology Inc. four years ago.
“Beyond conventional power, decentralized and modular solar hybrid power generation is really the name of the game here, and by 2022 everything has to be energized,” said Ngai in an interview with the Manila Standard.
“We’ve spent two years and concentrated on bringing everything here, researching everything, to finally come out with the products we have now,” he added, referring to the time he also spent developing software for the solar power systems that can produce as little as 200 watts to as much as 2 megawatts.
Now, SunSmart’s i-Series systems “become infinite in capacity as it is scalable or modular in feature,” he said, noting that a typical system takes only three months to install and can supply, distribute and generate “clean, cheap and continuous electricity supply 24/7.”
A proof of concept of SunSmart’s i-Smart Mini Grid Hybrid Power Station was speedily delivered, efficiently commissioned and successfully installed in Central Luzon “that will help provide a number of our electric cooperatives to exercise their right of owning an independent and brand-new Power Generation Solar Plant that is isolated from the grid,” Ngai stressed.
Some of these areas also boast of SunSmart’s solar street lighting system, which are also both Integrated and Hybrid in feature, he said.
“All SunSmart i-Series solar systems are equipped with multi-control and remote energy management system applications that can be accessed by a basic smartphone,” Ngai said.
The best part about their system, he added, is that it can be linked or can co-generate with other renewable energy sources such as wind turbines, river-run hydro generators, and biomass gasifiers, making true 24/7 power possible.
And while SunSmart mostly caters to businesses and government agencies, Ngai said their i-MoGen or Intelligent Mobile Generators—an ultra-lightweight, portable, and powerful modular random power system—can provide 300 watts of power to any home for as low as P38,000.
This is six times as much power as a traditional solar panel system can provide for the same price, he noted, and it can cater to every individual or SMEs “so they can have immediate access to clean electricity anytime and anywhere.”
As for LGUs, SunSmart systems are already being used starting from Mrs. Ngai’s native Pampanga such as Mabalacat, Angeles, Bacolor, and Sasmuan. It has also reached Tarlac, Bulacan, La Union, Pangasinan, Aklan and as far as Davao and Palawan.
Still, Ngai encourages SunSmart’s distributors—their partner electric co-ops and area franchisors—to comb the rural areas for any un-energized villages or islands that could use some light and power.
“The Energy department and regulatory agencies have been very positive with what we’re doing. With our niche technology, we were able to emphasize and address solutions to the ‘problematic’ areas that are totally off-grid, and we’re getting there,” he said.
With brighter days ahead, what pushed Ngai to remain bullish in the Philippines even through the dark times of his previous ventures? “The technology here is dated, and I felt I could do better,” he said, noting his previous stints in Hong Kong, Infocom and Nextel, which all introduced innovations.
“The tech between other countries and the Philippines is still too far away, so our target is to bring it back as close as possible. How close depends on how well people accept it [SunSmart systems]. We just want to provide the best service,” Ngai said.
As RE champions often say, the future is in solar, mixed with further innovation to make it more sustainable—and with that, William Che Hon Ngai is only too happy to shine that light on his adoptive country.
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