The Manila Electric Company (Meralco), on Monday said that they are powering the newest cold storage facility of Atkins Import and Export Resources Inc. via solar power.
In a statement, Meralco said that they are utilizing a 976.8-kilowattpeak (kWp) solar panel system installed by Spectrum, a renewable energy company they own.
Located in Naic, Cavite, the recently inaugurated facility of Atkins is the largest in South Luzon.
Spectrum, a renewable energy company owned by Meralco powers Atkins’ sixth in Luzon and the first to utilize clean energy.
The solar project is expected to generate 1,362,100 kWh of clean energy every year and result in around P9.5 million annual savings in energy costs for Atkins.
It will also help reduce Atkins’ carbon footprint by 970 tonnes, equivalent to over 44,500 trees planted or reducing nearly 3.9 million kilometers in car travel per year.
Atkins engages in the importation and distribution of quality meat products mainly sourced from all over the world.
The company joins the roster of companies that engaged Meralco and Spectrum to advance their sustainability goals through renewable energy.
“With Spectrum’s end-to-end solar energy offering, our partners are assured to receive top-tier quality and reliable service to achieve sustainable operations. Rest assured, we will also provide the necessary support Atkins will need from Spectrum to ensure that its solar generating system is working seamlessly as this new cold storage is a critical addition in ensuring food security across the country,” Spectrum Chief Operating Officer Patrick Henry Panlilio said.
Spectrum offers tailor-fit solutions for industrial, commercial, and residential customers through an in-depth understanding of energy consumption behaviors and strategic partnerships with world-class technology partners.
Meralco said that as part of its commitment to deliver stable and reliable electricity to its customers, they took an active role in ensuring the timely provision of service to Atkins’ cold storage facility.
The company helped in securing right of way permits and provided the necessary technical assistance that allowed Atkins to meet the energization schedule.
“Atkins and Meralco marked a milestone through this partnership because this facility is vital in ensuring our food supply. The project reaffirms Meralco’s commitment to taking an active role in energizing and supporting agri-ventures that pave the way towards nation-building. We trust that the energization of this breakthrough facility will trigger meaningful conversations about food security and encourage members of the Food and Beverage industry to emulate Atkins,” Meralco Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Group Ma. Cecilia Domingo said.
Catherine R. Cueto