Coca-Cola bottlers go solar


    Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI)—the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the country— is boosting its sustainability efforts by installing approximately 10,000 solar panels in two of its bottling plants.

    CCBPI has partnered with Buskowitz Energy for the installation of 7,000 solar panels with a capacity of 2.8 megawatts (MW) for its facility in Misamis Oriental and 3,000 panels of 1.1 MW in Bacolod.

    The project will be completed next month.

    To date, Coca-Cola sources over 60 percent of its total energy requirements from renewable energy.

    The installation of solar panels in Misamis Oriental and Bacolod will therefore mark nine sites using green and clean energy by yearend.

    Seven out of its 19 manufacturing sites use renewable energy—particularly, geothermal energy—in the following areas: Laguna (Sta. Rosa and Canlubang), Ilocos, Pangasinan (Calasiao), Cebu, Pampanga (San Fernando), and Bulacan (Meycauayan).

    Since 2010 in its Calasiao, Pangasinan Plant, Coca-Cola has been using a biomass boiler which utilizes rice hulls instead of petroleum for fuel, in order to address a significant portion of its power requirements.