PNoy launches SM’s first solar panel project. President Benigno Aquino lll, along with SM Prime Holdings President Hans Sy and Solar Philippines President Leandro Leviste, views the 1.5 Mw solar panel bank atop SM Supermall along EDSA North Ave. in Quezon City, during its launching on Monday, November 24. The panels are touted to be able to meet 5% of the mall’s power requirements. Ryan Lim
After switching on the largest solar-powered rooftop in its Quezon City establishment, the mall operator unit of Sy-led SM Prime Holdings Inc. will embark on putting more solar installations in its other malls in 2015.
Led by President Benigno Aquino III, SM Prime and its partner Solar Philippines on Monday switched on the 1.5 MW solar-powered rooftop at the multi-level car park building of SM City North EDSA.
“With the launch of the solar power system that will make SM City North EDSA the very first SM mall in the Philippines to become solar-powered,” the President said in his inaugural address.
With a generating capacity of 1.5MW, the solar-powered rooftop can supposedly accommodate 5 percent of the mall’s average consumption per day—equivalent to about P2 million in savings per month.
SM Prime and Solar Philippines installed 5,760 solar panels on the roof deck of car park building of the mall.
Solar Philippines founder and president Leandro Leviste said the investment for the 1.5 MW solar-powered rooftop is approximately P120 million.
In his speech, the President also bared SM’s plans to install solar panels in SM Dasmariñas in Cavite and Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“Of course, it is my hope that you do not stop there: that, eventually, every building that boasts an SM logo will have the same kinds of solar facilities,” Aquino noted.
In the same event, SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia said the SM Group will be installing 3,243 solar panels in SM City Dasmariñas in Cavite with a capacity of 0.8 MW and 10,534 solar panels in SM Mall of Asia (MOA) with a 2.7-MW capacity.
“The one in Dasmariñas is in May 2015. For MOA right now, we’re building the expansion. So right after expansion, that’s when… hopefully before end-2015,” she told reporters after the launch.
SM will continue to partner with Solar Philippines for the next solar installations, Garcia said.
Leviste said the investment cost for MOA’s solar panels would be over P200 million and roughly P60 million for SM City Dasmariñas. “If MOA is double the size, double the cost… If Dasma is half the size, then half the cost,” he noted.
The partners are also studying if it will be feasible to have more malls to have the same solar installation, Garcia noted.
“Of course we have to study it, how malls can afford it. It really depends on the study of Solar Philippines for us,” she said.
“But we shall continue to seek ways and solutions in climate change adaptation… We shall continue to heed government’s call to action,” Garcia said.
The SM official shared that the solar-powered rooftop in SM City North EDSA is not the group’s first venture in renewable energy (RE).
“This is SM Prime’s first in the Philippines… Our giant first step in clean, RE in the country,” she said.
“Last year we energized SM City Xiamen in China with 1.1 MW solar energy utilizing 3,740 panels,” Garcia added. — TJD, GMA News
Retail and property giant SM Prime Holdings Inc. today marks another milestone in its commitment to achieving sustainability in its operations and development with the activation of its solar powered rooftop at the SM City North Edsa.
President Benigno S. Aquino III and SM Prime President Hans Sy will lead the switch on of the solar powered rooftop at the Multi-level Carpark Building of the SM North Edsa.
SM Prime worked closely with Solar Philippines to put up the 5,760 solar panels that could generate up to 1.5 MW power which is enough to power 1,000 households or light 150,000 10-watt light bulbs or charge 214,285 cellular phones or power 170,000 30-watt electric fans. The power generated from the solar panels could offset 1,200 tons of C02 or the equivalent of planting 6,000 trees per year. The solar panels can be used to light up all the 16,000 lighting fixtures, 59 escalators and 20 elevators of the SM North Edsa.
Solar Philippines is the company behind the largest commercial rooftop solar power projects in the country.
The Solar Rooftop project is part of SM Prime’s continuing commitment toward making its operations sustainable and environment friendly especially in the midst of the Philippines facing a potential energy shortage from 2015 onwards due to increasing power requirements and limited energy sources.
SM Prime is constantly in pursuit of the highest level of operational efficiency to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs by minimizing electricity consumption. In line with this, strong emphasis is put in investing in the latest innovations in sustainable and energy efficient technology.
SM Prime has also put up the first SM mall in the world to operate using solar energy in its mall in Xiamen in mainland China. It is a 1.1 Mw project using 3,740 solar panels. For this pioneering efforts in upgrading its services, SM City Xiamen was awarded the Mall China Golden Mall Awards 2014 Excellent Upgrade last April in Shanghai by the Mall China Information Center (or Mall China), the first non-profit organization in Mainland China catering to China’s retail property sector and is the largest shopping center retail organization in China.
SM Prime is hoping that the solar rooftop project will serve as a model for similar developments in other commercial and industrial establishments as it will not only make business sustainable but make future generations live in an environment that is safer and healthier.
The need for greater sustainability and disaster-resiliency has been in the forefront of SM Prime’s development because of the many disasters that had hit the nation the past decade. For the Mall of Asia complex SM devotes around 30 percent of its budget to make the whole area disaster-resilient. As a result, it had survived 50 typhoons, four earthquakes and two floods from monsoon storms since it was built in 2006.
Great strides were also implemented through sustainable designs of its other malls, notably in SM Marikina, SM Masinag and SM Muntinlupa.
SM Prime also invests heavily in the longevity of its establishments to ensure continuous operation and safeguard the communities around them. Such efforts paid off when SM Marikina and SM Muntinlupa survived the massive rainfall brought by tropical storms Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009.
Not only did the malls survive the disasters, they also became a refuge for stranded people and food seekers. The malls also became repacking centres for relief goods and opened their multi-level parking building for private cars for free.