Aboitiz Power Corporation’s first energy educational facility, Cleanergy Center, continues to generate awareness on renewable energy among Filipino and foreign visitors since its inauguration last August 28, 2013.
During its three years of operation, the Cleanergy Center has accommodated more than 20,000 visitors that include students and professionals from the government offices, non-government organizations, and industries.
“Education is one of the primary thrusts of our corporate social responsibility. With the Cleanergy Center, we hope to increase awareness on the importance of renewable energy and encourage Filipinos to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle,” said AboitizPower President and Chief Operating Antonio Moraza.
Earlier this year, the center was visited by the Institute for Applied Geophysics and Geothermal Energy of RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
Dr. Sonke Reiche of Aachen University described his group’s visit to the Cleanergy Center as “insightful,” particularly on the history of AboitizPower and the company’s green energy-related activities.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region IV-A, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Texas Instruments, Chevron, and the Economy and Education Programs for Southeast Asia also visited the Cleanergy Center this year.
“The tour was very informative and exciting. I’ve requested Regional Director Rebecca Labit of the Department of Tourism to include the Cleanergy Center as a tourist destination, and even invited state universities and colleges, especially those with engineering courses, to visit the Cleanergy Center as part of their learning program,” said Luis Banua, Regional Director of NEDA-IV A.
To help raise environmental awareness, the Cleanergy Center also put up an exhibit of its Cleanergy E-bike in the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month at SM City Sta. Rosa last June. The event was organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resource – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) Laguna.
The Cleanergy Center, operated by AboitizPower wholly owned subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI), is located inside the MakBan Geothermal Power Plant in Brgy. Bitin, Bay, Laguna.
It features basic tools used in power generation, educational videos about the different types of energy sources, a tour of a working geothermal power plant guided by an in-house curator and an interactive room, where visitors can enjoy activities like making their own wind turbine, charging phones by biking while burning some calories, among others.
Cleanergy Center also has VIP lounge room, viewing deck, audio-visual room, and a 100-seat amphitheater, which is being offered as a free venue to host seminars and forums of various stakeholders.