5 PLDT business centers shift to solar power

PLDT, Inc. has transitioned its five business centers in the Visayas to renewable energy sources after Spectrum, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), completed the installation of solar panels in the facilities.

The move is in response to the rising extreme weather events that underscore the need to cut carbon dioxide emissions that adds to global warming. It could save PLDT up to P2.2 million annually by generating approximately 591,550 kWh of clean energy.

“Through Spectrum’s safe, reliable and end-to-end solar solutions, we empower customers to manage their electricity expenses at times when energy prices are volatile,” Patrick Henry T. Panlilio, Spectrum’s Chief Operating Officer, said.

“Partnering with PLDT was an opportunity for us to enable the company to operate efficiently and sustainably and realize their goal to help preserve the environment,” he added.

The solar rooftop panels, which have a combined capacity of 431.21 kilowatt-peak (kWp), were installed in PLDT’s offices in La Paz in Iloilo, Mandaue City in Cebu, Roxas City in Capiz, Cebu City, and Bacolod City in Negros Occidental.

Apart from substantial cuts in its yearly expenses, PLDT also reduces its carbon footprint by an estimated 421 metric tons, which translates to 845,000 trees planted over 20 years and 1,678,262 kilometers reduced in vehicle travel per year.

The initiative to use solar power for its business centers in the Visayas is part of PLDT’s decarbonization roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 40 percent by 2030.

Backed by Meralco’s energy expertise and proven safety track record, Spectrum has been providing services and solutions to help customers reduce their costs while taking part in saving the planet.

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