Iloilo hospital taps solar power

AS PART of its contribution in protecting the environment against the effect of climate change, the Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center (MIHMC) is getting a solar rooftop system from Lopez-led Pi Energy Inc.

This welcome development came after the MIHMC and Pi Energy recently signed a lease agreement for the installation of high-efficiency solar panels with best-in-class monitoring system.

The rooftop solar power system also represents the latest boost to the hospital’s modernization program.

Once completed, the solar rooftop system will help the six-storey hospital in Iloilo City secure 30-percent of its daytime load from clean and sustainable energy.

On an annual basis, electricity to be generated by the 137-kilowatt peak solar power system will displace carbon dioxide equivalent to planting at least 4,100 trees.

MIHMC opened in July 2018 as a Level 2 hospital with state-of-the-art equipment.

It was the first hospital in Panay with a pneumatic mail delivery system and a fully-integrated and computerized electronic health record system.

The PI Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lopez holding firm First Philippine Holdings Corporation, is primarily engaged in the generation and supply of energy from renewable resources, and also into the construction and installation of energy-related facilities.

The Lopez Group, through Pi Energy’s parent firm First Philippine Holdings Corporation (FPH), declared in 2016 that it will not build, develop, or invest in any coal-fired power plant as part of global efforts to combat climate change.

Burning coal releases massive amounts of carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases which many scientists have tagged as main culprit for climate change, which in turn is being blamed for extreme weather conditions.

These wild swings in weather conditions are manifested in long and severe droughts, floods, frequent and more violent typhoons and even forest fires, like the one ravaging wide areas of Australia, which can deal a heavy toll on agriculture.

PI Energy is now helping other companies get electricity from clean and renewable energy sources, particularly solar.

Pi Energy’s latest projects include a solar rooftop power system with approximately one-megawatt capacity for the 658-hectare campus of Central Luzon State University (CLSU) in the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.

This firmed up CLSU’s goal to get all its electricity needs from clean and renewable energy sources.

The solar power system provides the CLSU added assurance of getting its power needs only from renewable energy sources, and not from power plants that run on coal, a carbon-intensive fossil fuel being blamed for climate change.

Pi Energy has also completed the installation of a solar rooftop project for the Double Dragon Plaza DD Meridian Park within the Bay Area in Pasay City.

First Gen Corporation, an FPH subsidiary and sister firm of Pi Energy, stands out as the country’s leading clean and renewable energy company.

With an installed capacity of 3,492 megawatts, First Gen’s portfolio of power plants runs on solar, hydro, wind, and geothermal, which are renewable energy sources, as well as natural gas, considered the cleanest form of fossil fuel./PN

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