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2 December 2020

Automotive brand Toyota installed solar rooftop systems to four of its locations all over Mindanao, producing their own electricity for use to their showrooms.

These facilities located in cities of Iligan, Butuan, Zamboanga and Valencia, Bukidnon has a total of 400 kilowatt capacity.

The move is in line with ISO standards for quality management systems which the regional dealership adheres to, ensuring they meet customer requirements and enhance customer satisfaction through the organization’s purpose and direction.

This global brand has been purposeful in its sustainability efforts having introduced the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle, the Prius in the 1990s. It has also released a sustainability target called the “Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050” which aims to completely eliminate carbon emissions from its vehicle manufacturing and use by mid-century.

The local dealership understands these global goals but has also considered business pragmatism for this long-term investment.

“We see the installation of solar rooftop systems as a practical way of saving on our electricity expenses which have been on the increase,” Toyota Cagayan de Oro Inc. Vice-President Dr. Nancy Ramirez said. “We know the (electricity) rates will keep rising so owning our own power plant for our electricity needs will give us real savings, and we are pleased to have a local solar company with a great track record to provide this service for us,” Ramirez added.

The Mindanao-based provider, Greenergy Solar PH is the first commercial brand of solar installation services in the region with full capacity for immediate after-sales assistance.

“It is our great pride to support a trusted international company to move fully towards the sustainability track,” Andy Donggay, Greenergy Solar PH Chief of Operations said. “A premium brand going green is something worth emulating and we look forward to helping more companies in the region embrace renewable energy as Toyota has,” Donggay added.

Additional branches will also be installed with solar rooftop systems, altogether contributing to regional carbon emissions reductions–a goal of the international Paris Climate agreement to which the Philippines is a signatory.

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