• SM Land’s Hamilo Coast ready for green power

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    Hamilo Coast, envisioned to be the premier sustainable beach resort town development of Costa del Hamilo Inc. in Nasugbu, Batangas, is ready to transition to renewable power suppliers when open access to electricity is fully implemented.

    “The resort is designed for the eventuality of open access; there is no need for retrofitting,” said Star Tuason, Costa del Hamilo Inc. senior assistant vice president for Estate Management.

    “We can finally dictate which supplier we want and we prefer those that generate power from renewable sources to further reduce our carbon footprint,” he added.

    Earlier this year, the Department of Energy issued Department Circular DC2013-05-0006 enjoining generation companies, distribution utilities, and suppliers to ensure “an effective and successful” transition toward the implementation of retail competition and open access.

    Under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001, open access is designed to create a competitive market for electricity generation in the Philippines by allowing consumers to choose their own retail electricity supplier. Costa del Hamilo, a subsidiary of SM Land Inc., has been pursuing measures to decrease its impact to the environment through various environmental measures in its 5,900-hectare development in the western coast of Nasugbu.

    Since the project’s inception in 2007, the company has partnered with World Wildlife Fund for Nature Philippines in creating and initiating sustainability programs in Hamilo Coast and its four host barangays.

    Initial efforts to renewable energy include 18 solar power lamps powered by six photovoltaic panels. Furthermore, solar power-assisted air-conditioners were installed in Hamilo Coast’s St. Therese of the Child Jesus Chapel. All structures in the development were designed to maximize natural lighting and cooling, in addition to using the latest lighting technologies.

    Hamilo Coast adheres to the certification standards set by Earth Check, the certification arm of EC3 Global. EC3 Global is an Australia-based international tourism and environmental management and advisory group on sustainability solutions.

    Hamilo Coast is aiming for EarthCheck certification and targeting to adhere to its set standards. EarthCheck is the certification arm of EC3 Global, an Australia-based international tourism and environmental management and advisory group on sustainability solutions.

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