Beverage firm to use solar power

Published March 29, 2021, 5:00 AM

by Madelaine B. Miraflor

Listed beverage firm Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) has recently signed a deal for the installation of solar panels in its manufacturing plants in Batangas, Cebu, and Davao. 

Such a move, according to PCPPI, is seen to reduce its dependency on grid electricity produced from fossil fuels.

PCPPI is looking at close to a 30 percent reduction in the use of grid electricity.

PCPPI is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the Philippines.

The company has 14 manufacturing facilities, serving more than 700,000 outlets nationwide. “More than reducing our plant operating costs, adopting green energy solutions will also positively impact the environment. With solar power, we will be able to lessen air pollution and reduce our overall carbon footprint,” PCPPI president and CEO Frederick D. Ong said in a statement.

For this venture, PCPPI partnered with SunSource Energy, one of the key players in India’s solar space, to undertake the project seen to improve plant electricity cost and minimize the company’s impact on the environment.

 The company is set to complete the installation and commissioning of the solar panels in the pilot plants before the end of the year.

This is the first of three phases as PCPPI plans to use solar power in all of its 12 plants nationwide.