23 March 2011

Flying V to put up solar-powered stations in Clark, Subic

CLARK FREEPORT — Leading independent player Flying V is set to pioneer a new innovation in the petrol industry as it plans to establish solar-powered gasoline stations.

Ramiro Villavicencio, project proponent director of the solar-powered gas station, said pilot areas will be this Freeport and Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales by mid-second quarter of this year.

“Nearly everything we do in our modern society requires energy that is generated by burning fossil fuels, contributing to the carbon footprint which effectively harms our environment,” Villavicencio said.

“This move by Flying V won’t solve the environment and energy problems the world is experiencing; however this is part of our corporate social responsibility and we are doing our part to address such problems,” said Villavicencio.

He added that the advocacy is in support of clean and alternative energy, which is in line with the government’s Clean Air Act.

Villavicencio explained that the said solar-powered gas station will be equipped with solar panels that will energize approximately 25 percent of the facility's electric consumption, effectively minimizing carbon footprints.

He also said that the pilot stations will have self-service pumps, which are targeted to give consumers cheaper fuel.

The proposed solar-powered gas station is also one way of trying to change the mind-set of the Filipino people on how to be more conscious about our environment, he added.

Fling V has been actively supporting and promoting the use of alternative fuels, pioneering the sale of bio-diesel in the country.

The company has also been given due recognition by the national government for its active participation in its programs. (Reynaldo G. Navales, Sun Star Pampanga)