Green push: MVP Group to power Gokongwei family’s malls with solar energy

MVP’s Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) and Gokongwei’s Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) are rolling out electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

The two companies are also setting their sights on more solar collaborations in Robinsons Malls.

The two companies officially opened to the public two EV charging stations at Robinsons Galleria-Ortigas on October 26.

“Our strategic collaboration with Robinsons Land Corporation to build EV charging stations in Robinsons Malls underscores eSakay’s continuing commitment to promote the country’s important transition to electrified transport,” Meralco Chief Sustainability Officer and eSakay President and CEO Raymond B. Ravelo said.

He said the collaboration also highlights and heightens their pledge to provide clients with top-notch, reliable, and fit-for purpose electric mobility solutions, from EV to charging infrastructure solutions.

“This is all geared towards enabling our clients to enhance their operations while advancing their sustainability agenda,” Ravelo said.

Supplied and installed by Meralco subsidiary eSakay, Inc., an end-to-end EV solutions provider, the charging stations at Robinsons Galleria-Ortigas feature pods that can accommodate two-wheeled & three-wheeled EVs such as eBikes, eScooters, & eTrikes; as well as a 7.4kW AC-Type charging pod for four-wheeled EVs, such as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV).

Meralco and RLC will also open an eBike charging station at Robinsons Magnolia and an AC charging station for both four-wheeled battery EVs and PHEVs at Robinsons Tagaytay, which will be the first outside National Capital Region.

The new EV charging stations are in support of the recently enacted Republic Act 11697 or the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act (EVIDA), which requires owners of buildings and establishments to dedicate parking slots for EVs.

Currently, Spectrum, a solar subsidiary of Meralco that provides end-to-end solar solutions, is responsible for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of the solar installations of Robinsons Novaliches, Robinsons Angeles, Robinsons Cybergate Bacolod, Robinsons Galleria Cebu, and Robinsons Palawan. Spectrum handles servicing and replacement of equipment, dismantling and reinstallation of PV modules, cleaning of system, and generation monitoring, among others.

The O&M services of Spectrum have allowed the malls to maximize their solar investment and increase their solar kWh production by up to 18.5 percent.

It was also Spectrum that installed a 528-kWp solar system at Robinsons Palawan’s expansion area, which has so far generated approximately 2,800,000 kwh of clean energy since its commercial operations in 2017.

“We are grateful to our partners who have entrusted the O&M of their solar installations with us. Our shared goals, which are anchored on protecting the environment and improving our customers’ business, have led us to advance green alternatives,” Ferdinand O. Geluz, Spectrum President and CEO, said.

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