Walking the talk in the RE market

By Jose Santino S. Bunachita May 14,2018

A solar rooftop power source is set up on the Aboitiz office building in Cebu City. / contributed photo

AboitizPower uses new tech as it enters solar rooftop power source market with new unit

As part of its effort to promote renewable energy sources, AboitizPower (AP) has set up a rooftop solar power source on top of its office building in Cebu City.

The project also marks the firm’s entry into the small-scale market segment at the same time expanding its diverse Cleanergy portfolio through a newly formed unit: AboitizPower Distributed Energy Inc. (APX).

APX began operating the 100-kilowatt installation on top of the Aboitiz and Co. office in Cebu City last March.

It has been delivering clean and renewable energy to building tenants that include ACO, AboitizPower, AboitizLand, and Pilmico, among others.

“We want to show customers our confidence in the technology and its capability by putting it on our own roof,” APX general manager Jose Rafael Mendoza said in a statement sent to Cebu Daily News.

The company is still calculating the savings they have incurred following the installation of the project.

But more than the savings, the company said the project is their way of “walking the talk” and taking a step towards environmental sustainability for others to follow.

Although they still do not have a specific target market, APX is looking to tap into AP’s existing Open Access customers, with power requirements of 1-megawatt (MW) or higher, as its future clients.

Aside from their first project in Cebu, the company is also looking at several other projects in Luzon and Visayas, some of which are already set for completion within the year.

Mendoza said he was hoping that this latest project would encourage others to pursue their own sustainability efforts and that utilizing distributed energy such as rooftop solar which would be a real step forward for those who would want to do so.

Banking on AboitizPower’s over 80 years of experience in the industry, Mendoza also said they could help customers meet their requirements through a secure and long-term partnership.

AboitizPower first entered the solar power market in 2016 with its 59-megawatt peak San Carlos Sun (Sacasun) project in San Carlos City, Negros Oriental.

Through its Cleanergy brand, AP and its partners now have a net sellable capacity of 1,272 MW.

Among the company’s portfolio of renewable energy plants under Cleanergy are geothermal, run-of-river hydro, and large hydropower facilities all over the country, helping energize economic opportunities in its host communities while advancing its business portfolio.

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