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This is our first Newsletter for Lim Solar Philippines . We will soon have them automatically emailed to subscribers upon request .
The Birth of Mendoza Solar and Lim Solar
Joe Joson California USA
June 2012 Newsletter
Mendoza Solar was founded on October 2008 by Winston Lorenzana Mendoza , CEO, located at 10956 Sidney Pl.Garden Grove, CA. 92840 Garden Grove CA. Like most American businesses , the Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) was created out of sheer curiosity and the spirit of entrepreneurial adventure. It was hard to miss the potential of the solar industry as more information came rolling in. Starting out, the thought was that it was going to be a nice ‘hobby’ at retirement . But lo and behold , as the solar industry continued to blaze new frontiers in solar technology and price of panels started to drop, more and more solar companies started to mushroom. Mendoza Solar LLC found itself immersed in endless opportunities.
As the excitement of niche markets and competitions came into view , Mr. Mendoza started to toy around with the idea of a Philippine corporation. At this point in time we have become increasingly aware of the non-stop and very steep rise of the cost of electrical production . Then we started to hear news of very costly brown outs in the Philippines. Costly because businesses were deprived of precious electricity for as long as 14 hours daily. And the common consumers continued to bear the brunt of this additional electrical costs. Lim Solar and its components as a company slowly and surely started to materialize . When Lim Solar finally came into full view, Mindanao , which makes up roughly one third of the whole Philippines land area, has been hardest hit with rolling brown outs. Mindanao also happens to be a huge source of food exports and the industry was being greatly affected.
Mr. Mendoza, a 16 year IBM project executive maverick , veteran and expert in leadership and complex management processes and global information technology support, lost no time in putting the pieces together. Spending hundreds of hours contacting old buddies at IBM , McDonnell-Douglas and Wall Street, contacts as families and friends here and in the Philippines, his brainchild to wage war on the huge power shortages in Mindanao and all over the island-nation started to take shape. Mr. Mendoza , is now acting overall chairman of Lim Solar Philippines. To bring more efficiency to local operations , interim branch offices in Davao, General Santos, Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Metro Manila, San Fernando, La Union, Laoag and other small cities have been created.
Fast forward June 2012. Mr Mendoza has recently returned from the Philippines with a ‘bagful’ of potential projects all waiting to be served. The US-based partners are no less enthusiastic about these recent developments. Mendoza Solar and Lim Solar , together with these global-savvy business partners, GEXPRO, Solectria Renewables, IPC, Suntech to name a few are now poised to make a huge difference in the way that power is generated around the Philippines. As these projects become a reality we envision changing the quality of life of many families. We have dreams of bringing bigger profit for businesses and additional local employment in the thousands. We envision the flexibility that a well distributed , grid-connected and off-grid systems will bring to the overall power distribution landscape. Solar power electric generating systems can operate with and without long power lines that get knocked down each time huge typhoons come. As soon as a huge typhoon is over and the sun starts to shine , solar power electrical generating plants or systems are back into service with even the minimum or no transmission lines. Whoever are connected to the plant through the immediate distribution lines will receive electrical power. And this is compared to the old system where it could take months to repair or replace electrical posts and re install very long high voltage transmission lines.
In the food production area, we envision small to large irrigation systems all run from solar power appearing in our landscape . Solar Pumps could operate anywhere where the sun shines . Small backyard gardens , small farms , huge rice fields can now be irrigated anywhere on the islands . There is no limit to what we can do with solar power. The President of the Philippines recently announced in his speech at the LA Airport Hilton that as part of his reform, he envisions a Philippines that will not only become a self sustaining rice producer. He is very confident that by 2013 we could become a rice exporter. We have so far achieved an increase of rice production by simply managing our rice production operations better. Now, add solar power to this and the production increase becomes exponential. Don’t forget , California , along Interstate Highway 5 tells us commuters , ‘Food Grows Where Water Flows’.
Recently, Saudi Arabia , the world’s largest producer of oil and possibly the single biggest source of yet untapped oil reserves in the world , announced a very bold and futuristic plan to build solar power systems that would generate an aggregate of 40Gigawatts of electrical power for the next 20 years. It will save the kingdom more than half a million barrels of oil per day. Germany has crossed the 50% line of their peak total electrical energy production/demand using solar. Our island nation should be just as aggressive in streamlining and upgrading our electrical power production . Solar energy is the best alternative and solution to our energy production challenges.
As a nation that has recently doubled its first quarter 2012 GDP from 3 to 6.4 % and ranked itself second to China , leaving other Asian nations in the dust during the same quarter, we can’t help but get excited in the great potential of the future in helping bring this nation up to par with the heavy hitters in global economy . Remember, energy costs in any type of industrial production is a major factor in realizing higher profit. Solar is unbeatable in this regard. It’s free fuel source , the sunlight , is very hard if not impossible to beat.
One of our greater challenges in the Philippines with our effort at introducing and sustaining solar energy production , getting everyone educated on the merits and advantages of this new renewable energy.
Mendoza Solar and Lim Solar are also committed in helping the Philippines rise above the old , inefficient economic mess by teaming up with government, the civilian industrial sector and the citizens . Together we can win . Together we can bring a new quality of life to the entire nation.
During the months of July and August 2012 , Mr. Mendoza is completing his first back to back visits to the Philippines to continue working with our Philippine counterparts in laying out the groundwork for this bold vision to bring the most cost effective and end-user profitable solar electrical production projects to the whole countryside. There will be more visits to come not only from the CEO/Chairman but increasingly, more team members and business partners will be gracing our island nation with their presence and team spirit . Nothing beats teamwork in piecing a vision together .
Solar on Street Light and Utility Poles
Joe Joson California USA
Orange County , CA
Mendoza Solar in partnership with the cities of Garden Grove, City Of Carson, Buena Park and Westminster , California installed a demo panel next to Garden Grove city hall to mark a very important milestone namely , the decision to install thousands of 280 watt solar panels and micro-inverters on street light and utility poles.
The panels and micro-inverters, mounted about 16 feet from the ground will be connected to the electrical grid and produce power that will be fed into the electrical network allowing these very smart cities to not just cut their annual electrical bills but to actually earn revenues from the power companies. To draw a parallel , let us read up below on what other states has done using a similar concept.
“The Public Service Enterprise Group, the largest publicly owned utility in Atlantic region, has begun installing more than 200,000 solar photovoltaic panels on top
of utility poles and streetlamps in over 300 towns. The massive solar installation is part of the company's effort to double the amount of solar energy generated in Eastern States.
The program, known as Solar 4 All, was approved last July. Once complete, it will be the largest pole-mounted solar array in the world.
Utility companies plans call for the entire array of 280-watt panels to feed 40 megawatts of electricity into the grid. Each panel is 5 feet by 2.5 feet in size and sits about 16 feet off the ground.
The Return On Investments (ROI) is less than three (3) years for each street lights in most cases.
Needless to say , this is a very bold , smart and economically forward-looking decision on the part of the planners of these cities. This will be a definite win-win decision for any community who decides to take this route to save and earn money on energy.
Recently , Mr. Mendoza has struck up partnerships with the city of Carson , the single biggest community of Filipino Americans in Southern California , to install solar street pole and utility panels. We envision the same for the cities and towns of the Philippines.
Report On Findings
From the CEO , Winston Mendoza , Mendoza Solar, LLC
Below are the summary of activities by Mr. Mendoza during the month of May visit to the Philippines:
From an update by Mr. Mendoza received around 11 May 2012 .
o Gil Medina and I did a site visit on the SamalIsland serviced by DANECO Electric Coop (EC) utility - 2 MW requirement
o Presented to some of the EC's on Tues 8 May. Verbal commitment of up to 30 MW if we propose Build Operate Transfer (BOT) for 15 years (PPA in the US).
o Presented to municipalities and large users 9 May. After the presentation, council woman Dr. Pilar Braga requested to have an immediate meeting to start a DavaoCity project of 10 MW. City electric bill are in millions of Pesos per month and its going up every year. Dr. Braga wants to complete the project no later than 1 Dec. 2012. Our consultant, Mr. Gil Medina will head the project, he is now getting requirements from the city engineers and finance administration. Gil's team will be supported by my US technical team to provide an end to end project management.
o Travel to GeneralSantosCity and presented to the Tuna Industry decision makers 11 May. Toured the Tuna processing center where the FishPort process $ 300 Million USD tuna export to Japan, US and Europe every year plus the local Tuna industry serving 90 million people. Potential project of 20 MW including 5 MW for SolomonIsland in the middle of the PacificIsland. Mr. Bayani 'Aian' Fredeluces, our consultant in GeneralSantosCity (Gen San) will head the project there. There was a very positive interest because the Tuna Industry use electricity to make ice for cooling the fish plus large cold storage. Some are fish farms that need to aerate the water.
From an update by Mr. Mendoza received around 18 May 2012:
o Met with Captain Ramon Mitra, a Palawan businessman and others who are working with the Palawan energy sector.
o Palawan is populated with over one million with a growth rate of 3.6% per year, a very popular tourist destination
o During our lunch meeting at the Diamond hotel, we discussed the Small Power Utility Group (SPUG) and Paleco, the Palawan Electric Company.
o It is estimated that there is a 25 MW requirements, SPUG will require a hybrid units of solar panel and generators, Most of their generators are 10+ years old, require replacements.
o It was stated that the SPUG KWh generation is over $ 0.40 per KWh due to the high cost of diesel which is now over $ 1.10 per liter or $ 4.40 per gallon and rising.
o Captain Mitra will supply us with the current situation data so that we can start the requirement definitions and cost analysis
o I plan to do a site visit to Palawan in mid July to work with Captain Mitra and his team regarding renewable energy in Palawan.
CEO/Chairman & Team Met With Consul General and DTI Rep
Joe Joson California USA
June 18, 2012
Philippine Consulate , Los Angeles , CA
Mr. Mendoza, COO Mr. Eugene Mendoza, Sr. Solar Consultant, Mr. Joe Joson and several team members from GEPRO met with the Philippine Consul General Mrs. Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon at the Los Angeles Philippine Consulate on June 18, 2012.
A representative of the Department of Trade and Industry Mr. Archie Gomez also met with the group at a separate session. This recent meeting was to continue our efforts at reaching out to the key leaders of the Philippine government for the purpose of educating them about solar energy.
We appreciated the openness with which new information we shared were welcomed. A very positive news: the Consul General is excited about the Nanay and Tatay project where the Filipinos outside the Philippines will co-sign the purchase of the system to be installed at their relatives house. The consul general wants to have solar panels installed at her parent’s home in the Philippines. This is truly exciting and encouraging . Once she understood the many benefits of solar for homes, she was sold to the idea. This is a great way to let the whole nation know who we are , by installing a pilot project on the homes and city halls around the nation.
At this meeting Mr. Mendoza presented the following: Lim Solar website contains all the information needed by somebody interested with Renewable Energy WWW.Limsolar.com & WWW.mendozasolar.com. The Lim Solar Philippines executive summary will show a road map and vision of the corporation. The upcoming electrification of small vehicles powered by solar charged batteries is just one more addition to the products and services that we envision for the fast growing island nation. This project will greatly eliminate air and noise pollution.
Finally, we continue to be enthusiastic about the excitement of solar power for the Philippines . We are looking forward to reaching the most remote villages of the island nation with solar power.