Alfamart, the Super Minimart chain under the SM Group, is exploring the utilization of solar energy for a portion of its 1,590 stores across the Philippines, following the recent installation of solar panels at the distribution center of Alfamart in Silang, Cavite.
The initiative aims to reduce the dependence of the 30,000 square meter distribution center on the local power grid, simultaneously cutting power costs and minimizing carbon emissions.
The project involved installing 117 solar panels, equivalent to 55,370 watts, on the roof deck. The firm aims to finish the project’s second phase, incorporating an extra 100,000 watts, before December 2023.
Alfamart’s Chief Operating Officer, Harvey Ong, emphasized the company’s commitment to sustainability as it expands into various regions. The goal is to replicate this eco-friendly initiative in new stores based on the success of the initial phase.
Currently operating 1,590 stores as of September 2023, Alfamart’s solar panels are designed to power back-office operations consistently throughout changing seasons. Excess electricity generated is utilized by the 24/7 operational warehouse.
In addition to solar initiatives, Alfamart is reinforcing its sustainability efforts across all four distribution centers in Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, and Laguna by incorporating electric forklifts and electric movers in their day-to-day operations.