AC Energy Corp’s 18-megawatt (MW) MonteSol solar farm in Bais, Negros Occidental received a safety seal certification from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for its compliance with the minimum standard set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for COVID-19 prevention protocol. It is the first solar farm in the region under the utilities category to be awarded by DOLE outside Cebu province.
The company aims to champion sustainability in its day-to-day business and has always prioritized the safety of its employees and plants as a central operational concern.
The certification is a public assurance of MonteSol’s strict compliance with preventive and control measures before entry to buildings or workplaces; preventive and control measures inside the workplace; minimizing and reducing contact rate; management of symptomatic individuals at the workplace; information, education, and communication strategies; occupational safety and health committee; notification and reporting; disinfection and closure of buildings and workplaces; and leave of absences and entitlements.
This was made more important during the pandemic as the company continues to invest in renewables and aggressively expand its presence in the country and across the region to reach its goal of 5,000 MW of renewables capacity by 2025.
ACEN executive director and head of plant operations Gabino Ramon Mejia said – “As the pandemic rages on, we recognize that keeping our employees safe is critical in ensuring the continued production of clean energy needed to power Filipinos through this crisis. This certification was crucial for us at AC Energy, as we continue to take the wellbeing of our people seriously and uphold the strictest safety standards.”