Iloilo hosts first solar-powered mall

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ILOILO CITY: Shopping mall Gaisano City in La Paz district here will be the first shopping complex in Western Visayas to fully go solar with the installation of solar roof panels starting September 2016. Raymundo Jarque Jr., vice president of EDC Bago Solar Power Corp., wrote City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog requesting endorsement for EDC Gaisano Iloilo Solar Rooftop Project to install, operate and maintain a solar project. The city council has approved the endorsement. A power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed on July 20, 2016 between the management of Gaisano City La Paz and Energy Development Corp (EDC), a subsidiary of First Philippine Holdings, to start the rooftop solar project for a 20-year contract on the more than one-hectare shopping mall in Iloilo City. EDC pushes for solar solutions for the city not to be solely dependent on fossil fuel and coal.

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