Seven NLEX toll plazas go solar


    NLEX Corp. is installing solar power panels in seven toll plazas in the North Luzon expressway as part of its bid to intensify the use of clean, renewable energy in its operations.

    Areas that are being equipped with grid-tied solar power systems are the Balintawak Barrier, Bocaue Barrier, Mexico toll plaza, Angeles toll plaza, San Fernando Southbound toll plaza and Karuhatan Interchange toll plaza. The Meycauayan Southbound Toll Plaza, the pilot area of the project in 2018, is now operational.

    “We have since incorporated sustainable energy in our business operations as we already have solar-powered devices such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, emergency call boxes and roadway lighting. This time, we’re implementing it in our toll plazas not only to generate energy savings, but more importantly, to lessen our carbon footprint,” said Luigi Bautista, NLEX president and general manager.

    The installation of solar panel is targeted to be completed by yearend. The project aims to improve energy efficiency, contribute to cleaner air and reduce carbon emissions along the expressway.

    “We are aware of the impact of infrastructure development on climate change. As an ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management System) certified company, the NLEX strives to encourage green practices and comply with environmental responsibilities,” Bautista said.

    The solar power project is estimated to produce more than 430 kilowatt hour of electricity annually which is equivalent to 108 tons of recycled wastes and more than 5,000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

    Solar power is usable energy produced by collecting sunlight and converting it into electricity through photovoltaic cells or solar cells.