Meralco Unit install 460 kWp solar rooftop expansion in Toyota’s Laguna Plant


Toyota Motors Philippines together with Spectrum, a Manila Electric Co. (MERALCO) subsidiary, has installed a 460 kilowatt-peak (kwp) extension to its solar rooftop facility in its manufacturing plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. 

The solar rooftop expansion project is part of the automotive company’s goal to make its manufacturing plants carbon neutral by 2035. 

“Toyota’s global goal of making its manufacturing plants carbon-neutral by 2035 is fully supported by Spectrum. Now, more than ever, incorporating alternative sources of energy is one of the best ways to save in electricity costs and increase operational efficiencies. Spectrum will always be here to provide world-class service, top-of-the-line products, and endless support to empower Toyota as it moves forward in its journey towards a cleaner and greener future,” Spectrum COO Patrick Henry Panilio said in a statement. 

The expansion project is seen to generate around 625,700 kilowatt-hours of clean energy annually, resulting in around Php 3.5 million savings in energy costs. It is also seen to reduce 446 metric tons of carbon emissions. 

Toyota’s Sta Rosa power plant already has a one-megawatt solar rooftop facility installed by Spectrum in 2018. 

“I am extremely proud of the work that the TMP Solar Project Team, Meralco, and Spectrum have been doing for several months to complete this expansion project and achieve full operation. For TMP, I am confident to say that Plant Carbon Neutrality by 2035 is possible,” Toyota Motors Philippines President Atsuhiro Okamoto said. 

In Cebu, meanwhile, a franchisee of Toyota Motor Philippines had sealed a power supply deal with Citicore Renewable Energy Corporation (CREC).