written by Greg Shaw, Solar Energy Consultant and Managing Director, Hua Hin Solar Co., Ltd.
with photos by Nattypicturesphotography
THINGS ARE LOOKING BRIGHT AND SUNNY FOR OUR SOLAR BUSINESS!
We just signed on with four customers from Europe, the UK and Australia for on- and off-grid solar systems. Why you ask? Choosing the right solar system is so much more than receiving a bottom-line price. Our company offers solar systems that are AFFORDABLE without sacrificing exceptional QUALITY and service. We are LOCAL and family-owned. We only operate in the Hua Hin, Cha am and Pranburi area (not 3 or 4 big cities) making us very responsive to FOLLOW-UP SERVICE and on-site consultation requests. Our team of engineers regularly produce UNIQUE DESIGNS (works of art and engineering) that meet the requirements of the owner(s). We do spend a lot of time advising people in the Hua Hin area on what is the best system for them – and also regularly advise people what to avoid. The partners of Hua Hin Solar Co., Ltd., are engineers with exceptional and diverse experience (please also see our Bios at solarshop-huahin.com/about-us/) and we always do our best to be transparent and honest.
To expand on how important it is to choose a TRUSTWORTHY solar installation team. We are running into a number of folks here who are not sizing and designing systems properly and also are not completely informing customers about what they are selling/what customers are buying. One of our clients was quoted, for instance, the wrong size and design for their solar system (NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!). Good thing they contacted us for a free, no pressure, consultation, so we could “Save the Day!”
And a bit more … Chalerm also sampled some roof mounting gear the other day, bought from a solar distributor in Thailand. What was of concern was that he could take the mounting “hooks” (the part that physically connects the solar panels to the roof steel structure) and snap them in half with his bare hands. Loads of questions spring to mind. How would those hooks keep your panels fastened to your roof in a storm with high winds? What would happen if the panels came off and injured someone? Or damaged your/someone’s property? Who would accept responsibility to repair your damaged roof solar system?
We carefully size our systems so as to significantly reduce electricity bills but protect the customer by ensuring that each of our solar systems not only meets the needs and expectations of each house owner, but also aligns with pertinent PEA legislation and local policies.
Please know that during site consultations we are happy to discuss the facts and fallacies of owning a solar system in Thailand. Fact: The PEA fines owners who run their monthly bill into negative territory so it is a real no-go-zone! That’s why its important to ensure your system is sized properly. You may have heard that one company in Thailand recently over-sized their client’s solar system. The owner was fined by the PEA and now faces the issue of having to turn off the system each month to avoid further fines. Furthermore, having the same installer come back and charge twice to downsize the system to meet PEA policies is a not a professional outcome and can be costly if the owner is double-charged for this dis-service. And what is the point of oversizing a system when the owner will have to switch off the system each month to avoid a negative bill at the end of the month. As we are family-owned. we CARE about our customer’s success with their solar system so we don’t oversize our customer’s systems.
And a bit more … You need an EXPERIENCED and trustworthy installation team. You may have heard the story of the solar company team in Thailand which broke roof tiles (leading to roof leaking) in addition to ceiling gypsum board and then refused to accept responsibility, replace/repair or pay for the damage. They even had the gull to blame the development workers. This is why it’s important that you select an installation company that you can trust. The installation team needs to be careful while working on and under your roof. The solar company needs to be honest. Did they leave your house in the exact state/condition as before the job? Will they let you know about it if a mishap if it occurs?
As you may know it’s the “ingredients” (European Standard panel/inverter output/efficiency, wiring, system output, performance, ease of WiFi monitoring, durability, warrantees, follow-up service) and values such as honesty and trustworthiness that count. It is very easy to substitute components of systems with “cheap junk” and pass it off as being top of the line. It is very easy to quote, design and install a system that doesn’t meet the expectations and goals of the customer. Your electrical installation needs to be standard with durability and safety in mind. Chalerm spends a lot of time finding the best and strongest accessories for the price.
Finally, we are using very high quality and yield mono crystalline panels. Our installations are showing excellent output (exceeding our expectations which is a pleasant surprise). We know the correct way to install systems on sloped and flat roofs – with efficiency and self-cleaning in mind. Our company is legally registered (work permits and company registry in order), we are strongly connected with the community and local electric authorities and we have a follow-up service plan in place for our customers.
If you would like a FREE, NO COMMITMENT CONSULTATION regarding a solar system for your property please feel free to contact us today at:
M: 089 824 1963.
facebook: Solar Shop Hua Hin
We will be happy to hear from you anytime.
Hua Hin Solar Co., Ltd., is Hua Hin’s largest and most dependable solar energy company. We provide exceptional products and services at affordable prices and we offer long-term customer care. Our Team is committed to using green solar and wind energy to help our retail customers and residential/business partners make the necessary transition towards energy independence. “We design and install affordable solar systems with the highest yields and fastest payback periods. For your free, no commitment consultation contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have anything less than a great experience with Solar Shop Hua Hin please call my cell.” Greg, Solar Energy Consultant and Managing Director, +66(0)89 824 1963.