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Company green-lights solar power rooftop plant

The emergence of companies or buildings going green is noticeable as the negative effects of environment destruction have been palpable within the past few years.  Small steps – saving water, recycling trash, using solar energy, or utilizing LED TV – are encouraged and are now part of the efforts to become green.

A few weeks ago, one such conglomerate that has joined in the campaign for clean energy is Rex Group of Companies, led by its flagship company, Rex Book Store Inc. As one of the country’s leading educational publishing outfits, it takes a step further toward with its eco-friendly efforts as it green-lights its first solar power plant.

Led by Rex Group of Companies Chairman Atty. Dominador Buhain, COO Don Timothy Buhain and key officials of the group, along with officials from solar power energy provider Greenheat Corporation, the 178.5-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar rooftop was finally switched on during launching ceremonies at its offices in Quezon City.  This makes Rex Printing the first printing company to utilize solar energy for its operations.

Guest of honor Ann B. Petilla (center) is joined by Rex executives, from left: Roger John Fontelera, director for Finance and Administration; Jeanne Marie Fontelera-Tordesillas, director for Marketing; Danda Buhain Garcia, director for Publishing; Don Timothy I. Buhain, COO; Atty. Dominador D. Buhain, Chairman and President of the Rex Group of Companies; Teresita Fontelera Carpio, director; and Rose Ann Fontelera, head of Legal Materials Division for Rex Book Store.

Guest of honor Ann B. Petilla (center) is joined by Rex executives, from left: Roger John Fontelera, director for Finance and Administration; Jeanne Marie Fontelera-Tordesillas, director for Marketing; Danda Buhain Garcia, director for Publishing; Don Timothy I. Buhain, COO; Atty. Dominador D. Buhain, Chairman and President of the Rex Group of Companies; Teresita Fontelera Carpio, director; and Rose Ann Fontelera, head of Legal Materials Division for Rex Book Store.

More than following trends, the use of clean sources of energy has become attractive to companies, not only because of its economic benefits but also because of the appeal towards conserving the environment.  Apart from malls and schools, factories and offices stand to gain from the use of renewable energy sources to enhance productivity.

“We cannot reduce the impact of climate change without transforming global energy systems, but today, we have the unique opportunity to transform not only our company but society as well,” said Don Buhain.

Buhain explained that the rationale behind the project hinges on two things – to tap on the economic benefits and at the same time, to commit to becoming an environmentally responsible company.

The solar power rooftop plant aims to reduce carbon footprint.

The solar power rooftop plant aims to reduce carbon footprint.

“Part of our responsibility as an educational company is to educate children on our core values of integrity and discipline. After all, the child is the center of all our endeavors,” he said while explaining Rex’s Whole Child Advocacy with the campaign ‘Para sa Bata’.

“This is aligned with our ‘Whole Child’ advocacy. We felt that in everything that we do, while we sell educational materials, we think of the child. That we aim to be part of the village that nurtures the ‘Whole Child’. By doing that, with the solar project, it points toward a better environment for the child.”

While Rex is embarking on such an endeavor, Buhain emphasized that the commitment is not only the sole responsibility of the company.  “Helping Mother Earth, conserving it – it need not be big. In our own little way and in our own spaces, we can find ways of doing it. We believe that through everyone’s collective efforts, whether big or small, will definitely have an impact towards a better future. The publishing industry is an industry with a responsibility; hopefully we can serve as a catalyst,” he concluded.

Its partner for the project, Greenheat Corporation, is an ISO-certified solar solutions provider. They installed the grid-tiered solar photovoltaic power plant, which is expected to provide a maximum of 20 percent of Rex’s energy needs, therefore reducing the company’s carbon footprint to 108 metric tons or the equivalent of 1,080 adult trees per year.

Aside from Rex Group, Greenheat has also installed the solar rooftops of companies such as the ADB as well as Asia Brewery and educational institutions like St. Scholastica’s College, Manila and Manuel L. Quezon University.