Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC) is expanding its off-grid solar power capacity as it plans to install more rooftop panels in three of its malls in the Visayas.
“We’re now looking at rolling it out to a few more malls. Next batch, three malls,” RLC president Frederick Go told The Manila Times.
He said they are prioritizing malls located in the Visayas because electricity in the region is very expensive. “Most of them are in the Visayas because the power rates there are the highest,” he explained.
Once the company completes the second batch, Go said another five to six malls will also be installed with solar panels.
He expressed confidence that RLC will be able to meet its target because installing solar panels would only take about six months.
The planned expansion in off-grid solar capacity was inspired by the success of its first solar rooftop installed at Robinsons Place Palawan, where some 5,760 panels provide power for the mall’s light fixtures, escalators, and elevators.
Approximately 20 percent of the mall’s electricity consumption will be covered, saving an estimated P1 million per month. In addition, some 1,100 tons of carbon emission (C02) per year will be offset by the facility.
RLC tapped local provider Solar Philippines for the installation of its solar panel at the said mall.
Solar Philippines is the country’s No. 1 solar provider and Southeast Asia’s biggest developer of rooftop power plants.
Besides cutting costs on electricity consumption, Go earlier said they also want to educate and influence their stakeholders about the long-term benefits of solar power.