Manufacturing firm taps Spectrum’s solar power supply
By MYRNA M. VELASCO
Spectrum, an energy solutions subsidiary of power utility giant Manila Electric Company, has installed a solar-powered facility for Alphatec Development Corporation’s manufacturing plant in Guiguinto, Bulacan.
The solar installation will be Alphatec’s first for its facilities – and this will be part of its drive toward having sustainable business operations.
Alphatech is a business unit of Plastimer Group of Companies, which is a leading provider of plastic crates and other products in the country, which are essential in the food sector as well as in other industries.
According to Spectrum, the solar-powered facility energized for Alphatec is 856.50-kilowatt peak (kWp) rooftop installation; and this is expected to generate as much as P3.3 million savings on the company’s energy bills annually.
The power generation will top 1,125,835 kilowatt hours – and since this is underpinned by clean energy source, this will then result in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions avoidance of roughly 802 metric tons.
The estimated carbon footprints reduction would be equivalent to 82,000 trees planted and 3,194,070 kilometers downtrend in vehicle travel per year.
Allan Keith G. Castro, senior vice president of Alphatec, said the inauguration of the solar installation at their facility “is a huge win for our company and our community.”
He narrated that the firm’s decision to embrace clean technology on their energy usage had been rooted on a challenge he laid down for the company’s leadership team “to seek ways to drive environmental sustainability in our day-to-day operations, and this is a major step in that direction.”
Patrick Henry T. Panlilio, chief operations officer of Spectrum, echoed that “working in a highly competitive industry requires efficiency to cut down costs and resiliency to survive changes in regulations.”
For that reason, he noted “we are glad that we are able to help Alphatech find solutions to achieve operational efficiencies using clean energy generated from this solar project. This is just the first step in its journey towards more sustainable operations.”
Beyond patronizing renewable energy to meet its electricity service needs, the Plastimer group is also exploring ways to enhance its capabilities, primarily in reusing the plastic resin of its products once they reach their useful life; while also pursuing its other undertaking of providing facelift to open spaces by turning them into parks and sanctuaries.
Panlilio pointed out the provision of energy solutions for client-Alphatec is “consistent with Meralco’s mandate to promote and utilize clean and sustainable energy sources,” adding that “we strive to provide our customers with safe, affordable and reliable solar solutions. We do this by keeping our supply chain efficient and maintaining high standards in parallel with quality control measures for each step of our end-to-end service.”