MERALCO Powers Atkins’ Largest Cold Storage Facility In South Luzon
Meralco, Spectrum and Atkins led by top executives (from L-R) Atkins EVP-CRO & CSO Medardo Deacosta, Jr., Atkins Senior Operations Manager Benedict Bautista, Hillary Ang, Helen Ang, Atkins President & CEO Gabriel Ang, Spectrum Head of Commercial Services Rodolfo Lim, Jr., Meralco VP & Head of Enterprise and National Government Ma. Cecilia M. Domingo, and Meralco Head of Enterprise Industrial Victor L. Risma IV committed to work together to support the national government’s thrust to achieve food security in the Philippines.
The Manila Electric Company (Meralco), in support of the government’s thrust to achieve food security in the country, has ensured the timely energization of the newest cold storage facility of Atkins Import and Export Resources Inc.
Located in Naic, Cavite, the recently inaugurated facility of Atkins is the largest in South Luzon and utilizes a 976.8-kilowattpeak (kWp) solar panel system installed by Spectrum, a renewable energy company owned by Meralco. This cold storage facility is 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 T. Panlilio said.
Backed by Meralco’s energy expertise and proven safety track record, 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, as part of its commitment to deliver stable and reliable electricity to its customers, 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 M. Domingo said.
Meralco, as the country's largest electric distribution utility, supports local industries which are crucial to achieving inclusive and sustainable growth in the country.