Renewable energy solutions provider SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) Group joins the rest of the world in celebrating Earth Day 2021 through activities that align with the 2021 Earth Day theme, “Restore Our Earth.”
On April 22, SNAP conducted a clean-up drive simultaneous with tree-planting activities in areas surrounding their Magat hydroelectric power plant in Ramon, Isabela; Ambuklao hydroelectric power plant in Bokod, Benguet; and in Binga hydroelectric power plant in Itogon, Benguet.
Despite the controlled number of participants due to COVID-19 safety measures, this year’s clean-up drives were joined by a total of 49 volunteers composed of SNAP employees mostly on lockdown duty, contractors, and local workers/residents of Magat, Ambuklao, and Binga hydroelectric power plant facilities. Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) also took part in the clean-up drive in Benguet. Safety protocols were strictly observed throughout the activity.
Around 250 kilograms of mixed wastes were collected at the Magat crest in Isabela, along the Agno River Estero below the Binga powerhouse in Benguet, and other areas surrounding SNAP facilities. The SNAP-Magat volunteers capped the day with tree-planting and gardening activities as a commemoration of Earth Day 2021. Earlier on March 27, SNAP Group likewise switched off non-essential lights for one hour in observance of Earth Hour.
These annual activities are observed consistently to signify SNAP’s support for better environmental practices as part of its overall environmental sustainability program. “Not despite the pandemic but precisely because of the pandemic, we continue to do as much as we can to promote not only environment-supportive practices but also develop long-term sustainability projects with our host communities. Sooner is better, but it is always a good time to get engaged and do something for our environment to benefit not only the current generation but also the next,” said Mike C. Hosillos, SNAP chief corporate services officer.
SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP) is a joint venture of Scatec and Aboitiz Power Corporation (AP).
Scatec is a leading renewable power producer, delivering affordable and clean energy worldwide. As a long-term player, Scatec develops, builds, owns, and operates solar, wind, and hydro power plants and storage solutions. Scatec has more than 3.5 GW in operation and under construction on four continents and more than 500 employees. The company is targeting 15 GW capacity in operation or under construction by the end of 2025. Scatec is headquartered in Oslo, Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ‘SCATC’.
AP is the holding company of the Philippines-based Aboitiz Group’s investments in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. It advances business and communities by providing reliable and ample power supply at a reasonable and competitive price, and with the least adverse effects on the environment and host communities.
SNAP owns and operates the 105-MW Ambuklao and 140-MW Binga hydroelectic power plants in Benguet; the Magat hydroelectric power plant which has a nameplate capacity of 360 MW and maximum capacity of 388 MW on the border of Isabela and Ifugao; and the 8.5-MW Maris hydro in Isabela. The non-power components such as dams, reservoirs, and spillways are owned, managed, and operated by the government.