A photovoltaic installation for Home Depot
Client – CW Home Depot
Address – Tagaytay Road, Pulong Sta Rosa, Sta Rosa City, 4026 Laguna, Philippines
Business Branch – Hardware & home furniture
Technology – Solar energy
Capacity – 1.9 MWp
Date of Completion – April 2016
Home Depot is a North American retail company and is one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers. They provide hardware, home furniture and DIY services.
In 2003 CW Marketing & Development Corporation and Home Depot launched a retail concept in the Philippines wherein everything you need to build or renovate your home is all under one roof. These consist of a department store as well as a wide range of speciality stores that cater to specific needs.
How solar panels work
Solar panels transform sunlight into usable electricity using photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert the sun’s radiation energy into DC (direct current) electricity. The DC current is then transformed into useful AC (alternating current) electricity by inverters. This can then be used locally and fed into the main electricity supply of a building or it can be put into the power grid.
About the project
The CW Home Depot facility in Santa Rosa had 5980 photovoltaic panels installed on their roof of 315 Wp each. These generate a total of 1883.7 kWp. From this, they use 207.9 kWp for their own building’s electricity use, and the remaining 1675.8 kWp is exported to the grid in exchange of a feed-in tariff.
Benefits of the installation
- Long life span: over 25 years
- Economical energy supply
- Low investment cost
- Free energy source: the sun
- Low maintenance
- Free electricity + extra revenue from feed-in tariff
- Environmentally friendly
- No harmful waste or exhaust
- No fuel consumption
- No CO2 or other greenhouse gas emissions
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