• SM launches new solar facility


    TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan: The SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown is launching its solar energy rooftop today.

    According to SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI), the new mall’s 564.48 kilowatt (kW) solar energy facility is part of the company’s for climate change adaptation.

    “[This is a] commitment toward making [our]operations sustainable and environment friendly as the world prepares for the effects of climate change,” the SMPHI said in a press statement.

    Advancing its green initiatives, SM Supermalls in August completed the installation of solar panels in its branches in Cauayan, Isabela; Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija; and Iloilo.

    The Henry Sy-owned retail company said other malls in Cavite–Dasmariňas and Trece Martires; Olongapo, Zambales; Cebu; and the Tuguegarao SM Center in Cagayan will host solar energy systems.

    SM City Cauayan launched in August the first solar rooftop project in Cauayan City in Isabela, which can produce approximately 105,678 kW.

    Its Cabanatuan City mall in Nueva Ecija was lighted up in September with a 412.97-kW rooftop solar energy facility that is composed of 1,449 panels.

    This city’s SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown solar energy project is composed of 1,764 panels that can produce approximately 1,524 megawatt hours per year.

    It is the second industrial solar project in Cagayan province, the first of which was by St. Paul University, also in this city.

    SMPHI said the solar panels can produce enough power to energize up to 7.5 kW escalators, equivalent to 56 escalators at the same time.

    The project capacity has an avoidance of 1,143.072 tons of carbon dioxide emission per year, which is equivalent to planting of 5,715.36 trees per year.

    The new panels are expected to save the mall more than P5.1 million in electricity bills per month.

    “We are committed to our role as a catalyst for economic growth by delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities,” SMPHI said.


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