Solar PH to build power plants on mall rooftops


Solar Philippines Commercial Rooftop Projects Inc. has partnered with the country’s giant mall developers to build solar plants on the rooftops of seven malls this year.

The solar firm is currently putting up solar rooftop facilities for mall developers SM, Robinsons, and DoubleDragon.

Leandro Leviste, Solar Philippines president, said the installation of solar plants on the rooftops of malls will not only make the establishments energy self-sufficient, but they can also supply the power needs of households or other buildings nearby.

“All commercial and industrial building owners can help curb the power shortage by converting their rooftops into solar power plants,” Leviste said.

Solar Philippines recently launched the 700-kilowatt (kW) Central Mall Biñan Solar Plant, on top of the Central Mall Biñan.

The solar firm is also currently installing solar panels on the rooftops of SM North Edsa, Robinsons Palawan, and CityMall Roxas.

The 700-kW plant project for Central Mall Biñan will supply 30 percent of the mall’s power needs at lower than Meralco rates. A power purchase agreement signed by both parties will reduce Central Mall Biñan’s electricity bill by about P100,000 per month.

The Central Mall Biñan Solar Plant consists of 2,514 solar panels covering an area of over 7,000 square meters. The project includes power equipment from Germany-based solar firms.

“The days of having to choose between business and the environment are over. Solar has gained the reputation of being expensive, not because of the technology but because previous applications were too small to benefit from economies of scale. By building the country’s largest solar rooftop projects, we’ve become the first local company to make solar cost-competitive with fossil fuel,” Leviste said.

With its solar rooftop projects, Solar Philippines would help provide a timely solution to an impending 500-megawatt supply shortfall in the summer season next year, as announced earlier by the Department of Energy.


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