Korean hopes to turn Pinoys on to solar

Korean hopes to turn Pinoys on to solar

Korean hopes to turn Pinoys on to solar

Korean hopes to turn Pinoys on to solar

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Ralph Kim, a Korean, saw the energy problems of the Philippines firsthand when he came here in 2013. He has since felt a burden to help.

Kim was baffled: the Philippines had abundant sunlight, but suffered from a shortage of electricity and saw the continuously rising cost of power owing to the demand of its growing population. Electricity in the Philippines comes from power plants using oil, coal, natural gas, and hydropower, among others.

Solar power, however, is underused in a country that sits just a few degrees north of the equator. “Sunshine is a gift from God. It is clean and free. We should use it,” thought the Korean businessman, who is also a taekwondo and aikido instructor.

To remedy the situation, Kim opened the Unique Korean Corp., which supplies solar energy-powered generators and equipment to residential, commercial, and industrial clients from its Sky Taeho main factory in Korea.

“You can make your home fully powered by the sun. Imagine the savings you’ll have in your electric bill. You can save 100 percent,” says Kim, who takes pride in his company’s latest technologies, such as the Eco-Generator that offer long-term savings to clients.

Unique Korean Corp.’s team shares Kim’s mission of protecting the environment by using solar energy—a clean, renewable and domestic energy source.

Many solar-power businesses are coming out in the market, but Kim says the difference of his product is that it uses just one machine—a whole package of solar technology in a single machine that does not take up big space, is very easy to install, and can be used 24/7.

Kim says the machine has a “very simple diagram. You just need a few materials like brackets and wire. You can also choose how many solar panels you want.” The company installs the machine within a day in Metro Manila, Iloilo and Cebu, and a few days in other provinces.

Machine prices range from P40,000 to P250,000, and return of investment “is as little as three years,” Kim said. “After that, you get free electricity for many, many years.” He invites the public to visit Unique Korean Corp. at Unit 101 Sycamore ARCS1, Buencamino St., Alabang-Zapote Road, Muntinlupa City. They may also call 835-9251 or (0929) 640-3000 for inquiries.