Meralco’s Spectrum energizes two solar rooftop projects

MSPECTRUM, Inc. has energized new solar projects for Ajinomoto Philippines Corp. (APC) and Dasmariñas City, adding to the company’s growing list of solar rooftop installations.

In a press release, Ferdinand O. Geluz, president and chief executive officer of MSpectrum or Spectrum, said the “back-to-back” solar facilities had been completed and fully energized for APC and the Dasmariñas local government unit.

“As a solar company of Meralco (Manila Electric Co.), we are committed to making our solutions as accessible and affordable to our customers while upholding the highest safety standards and quality control measures,” he said.

Spectrum said that its partnership with APC involved a pilot solar project with a capacity of 1-megawatt-peak (MWp) at the company’s manufacturing plant in Guiguinto, Bulacan. The project was energized on June 1.

The solar rooftop installation was completed about three months after the start of construction. It can now generate around 1.33 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy every year.

APC is expected to cut its carbon footprint by an estimated 950 tons, which is equivalent to planting two million trees over 20 years or reducing 3.8 million kilometers in car travel a year.

APC President Tsutomu Nara said that by 2030, the Ajinomoto group of companies “would like to realize two outcomes. First, we aim to help extend healthy life expectancy of one billion people around the world; and second to reduce our environmental impact by 50%.”

“Through this win-win partnership with Spectrum and Meralco, we are able to realize an important milestone to make our business operation sustainable by reducing our carbon footprint in the country,” he added.

On May 30, Spectrum also energized a combined 510-kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar installation for 14 public schools in Dasmariñas City in Cavite in partnership with its local government unit (LGU).

The LGU, through the Department of Education-Dasmariñas, partnered with Spectrum in December last year to install the solar facility with the aim of saving on the schools’ electricity expenses by about half.

The solar project will generate an estimated 650,000 kWh of energy every year. It is also expected to lessen the schools’ carbon footprint by 460 tons, equivalent to 950,000 trees planted over 20 years and cutting 1.8 million kilometers in vehicle travel in a year.

“Spectrum has been actively engaging partners in both the private and public sector to help them achieve their sustainability goals through clean energy,” the company said, adding that it has installed solar panels with a total capacity of over 40 MW since 2016. — VVS