MANILA, Philippines – SM City North Edsa mall’s solar-powered rooftop has been included as one of the new power sources for the Luzon grid.
The solar-powered rooftop – the largest in a commercial establishment in Southeast Asia – is composed of 5,760 solar panels and produces enough power to energize 1,000 households or 150,000 10-watt light bulbs or charge 214,285 cellular phones.
The power generated from the solar panels could offset 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide (C02) or the equivalent of planting 6,000 trees per year.
Mario Marasigan, assistant secretary and director, Renewable Energy Management Bureau of the Department of Energy (DOE), said the inclusion of the SM solar power plant in the electricity market means that the power it generates contributes to the stabilization of the power supply in Luzon areas.
President Benigno Aquino III led the official launch of the country’s largest solar rooftop installation in the Philippines in November 2014. (READ: Aquino, SM ‘switch on’ largest solar rooftop in the PH)
The solar plant is owned and operated by Solar Philippines Commercial Rooftop Projects, Incorporated (SPCRPI), led by its president, Leandro Legarda Leviste. It is covered by a renewable energy service contract issued by the DOE.
Marasigan said the power plant is included under the feed-in-tariff (FIT) system, a scheme that involves the obligations on the part of a electric power industry participant to source electricity from renewable energy generation at a guaranteed fixed price, applicable to a given period of time.
SM solar-powered malls in China
SM Prime Holdings has also has put up the first SM mall to operate using solar energy in Xiamen in mainland China using 3,740 solar panels, generating 1.1MW power.
In April, SM City Xiamen received the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 Excellent Upgrade from the Mall China Information Center, the first non-profit organization in that country catering to the retail property sector. It is also China’s largest shopping center retail organization.
SM City Jinjiang, also located in China, has 4,012 solar panels with a power generation target of 1.2MW per year.
SM Prime vowed to continue and expand the solar projects with the construction of more solar-powered rooftops in its existing malls. – Rappler.com