Clark locator to install first industrial scale solar panel project

CLARK FREEPORT — A manufacturing company of cellulose, collagen and plastic casings and packaging materials for meat products here will be a pioneer firm among Freeport locators in the country to install the first industrial-scale solar power rooftop project.

During an interview with the Capampangan in Media Inc. (CAMI) at Bale Balita (CDC Media Center) here, Viskase Asia Pacific Corporation (VAPC) Plant Manager Josh Go said that they already signed a contract to install $680,000 solar panel in their buildings.

According to Go, the project will be installed starting September this year and is slated to be completed by February 2019. He said that Mettle and Grip, a leading contractor and developer of solar energy will be the supplier of the solar panels that will be used for the project.

When completed, the installation of some 1,900 solar panels will help eliminate at least 12.3 Million pounds of carbon footprint and will generate 829,580 kWh solar production per annum with a module efficiency of 16.72 percent.

He added that the project is in fulfillment of their thrust to help reduce energy consumption and introduce the benefits of renewable energy to other establishments. He furthered that this is also a commitment of the company to ensure environmentally sound operations beyond the purpose of reducing their operating costs.

“We are promoting renewable energy and hopefully some other companies inside Clark will also explore this kind of project,” he said.

Meanwhile, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) Communications Division Manager Noel Tulabut mentioned that under the Green Building Code, firms that help in the reduction of energy consumption and promotion of renewable energy may get certain incentives from the state-owned firm.

“Under the Green Building Code, companies that will implement renewable energy programs and projects may entitle them to certain incentives,”he said.

Viskase is an American company that manufactures meat product casings. It has introduced the first synthetic sausage casing made from regenerated cellulose which allows large productivity for ready-to-eat meat products.