• SM to convert more malls into solar plants

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    CONVINCED that using renewable energy is one of the most important steps it can take to protect and preserve a clean environment, SM Corp. is planning to install more solar panels at its other shopping malls.

    Anna Maria Garcia, SM Supermalls president, said the company is planning to install solar panels at two more malls after the inauguration on Monday of a 1.5-megawatt (MW) solar power plant on top of SM North Edsa.

    She said the next malls that will be outfitted with solar power panels are SM City Dasmariñas in Cavite and the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City.

    At SM Dasmariñas, 3,243 solar panels will be installed with a combined capacity of 800 kilowatts (kW).

    For SM MOA, 10,534 solar panels will be set up with a total capacity of 2.7 MW.
    Garcia said the SM Dasmariñas solar plant will be operational in May 2015, while the SM MOA plant will be operational before the end of next year.

    Solar Philippines has partnered with SM Malls to build a series of solar-powered malls as part of the latter’s commitment to use clean and renewable energy in its establishments.
    For the North Edsa pioneering project, the mall’s parking building was outfitted with 5,760 solar panels and 60 inverters covering over 12,000 square meters.

    The energized mall effectively became a 1.5 MW power plant, with enough power to supply the electricity needs of 2,000 homes. The electricity generated by the solar panels will be used to augment the mall’s power requirements, according to the company.

    The SM North Edsa solar plant is expected to operate for over 25 years and offset an estimated 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of planting 200,000 trees.

    Garcia said with the solar panel in place at SM North Edsa, the company can save over P2 million per month in energy costs.
    She added that the 1.5 MW facility covers five percent of the mall’s energy demand.
    RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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