Integrated telco network PLDT Inc. boosts the power of its solar rooftop panels in its biggest business facility in the Visayas as part of its sustainability efforts. Located along Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City, the third PLDT facility in the Visayas to be partly powered by solar energy is considered to be the biggest among the other two to be established in the city.
“The installed PV panels on the rooftop of PLDT Jones will generate approximately 214,553 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of solar power annually,” said Henrey Donguines, Project Manager of the Solar Rooftop Project, PLDT Property and Facilities Management. “This will reduce PLDT’s carbon footprint by 152 tons of carbon dioxide each year equivalent to planting around 15,680 trees or 313,600 trees over 20 years.”
The project which aims to cut carbon emissions by integrating renewable sources of power in its energy mix not only aligns with PLDT and Smart’s direction to further embed sustainability in the business but is also an opportunity to reduce energy costs. The solar panels in the five facilities were installed by Spectrum, a subsidiary of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
PLDT identified sustainability as one of the key drivers of performance of PLDT Group’s vision and strategy, advocating for the expanded use of renewable energy and green technologies in its operations. To realize this, the PLDT Group developed a decarbonization roadmap that aims to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by around 40% by 2030.
“Under the environmental pillar of our ESG initiatives, focus areas include energy efficiency, the use of green network technologies, and renewables,” said Melissa Vergel De Dios, chief sustainability officer and head of Investor Relations, PLDT and Smart. “By doing so, PLDT and Smart are also doing their part to help the government achieve its target of reaching net zero by 2050,”