Solar panels to be installed at NLEX toll plazas

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NLEX Corp. is installing solar panels atop the NLEX Balintawak Toll Plaza. — COMPANY HANDOUT

NLEX Corp. on Wednesday said it is installing solar panels on six toll plazas along the expressway, as it boosts the use of renewable energy in its operations.

In a statement, the company said the Balintawak Barrier, Bocaue Barrier, Mexico Toll Plaza, Angeles Toll Plaza, San Fernando Southbound Toll Plaza, and Karuhatan Interchange Toll Plaza will be equipped with grid-tied solar power system.

This will be in addition to the Meycauayan Southbound Toll Plaza, where solar panels were first installed in 2018 and 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,” NLEX Corp. President and General Manager Luigi L. Bautista was quoted as saying in a statement.

The installation of solar panels on six toll plazas is expected to be completed by end-2019.

“The solar power project is estimated to produce more than 430 KWH of electricity annually which is equivalent to 108 tons of recycled wastes and more than 5000 tree seedlings grown for 10 years,” the company said.