• Solar PH targets malls to showcase projects

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    RENEWABLE energy firm Solar Philippines is targeting big shopping malls for projects, looking to drum up business and raise public awareness.

    “Between Robinsons, SM and some other large malls we should have around 20 malls finished by maybe next summer,” Solar Philippines Chief Executive Officer Leandro Leviste told reporters.

    The mall-based solar projects are expected to generate a total of 30 megawatts (MW), Leviste said, adding that Solar Philippines already has four ongoing projects with Robinsons.

    A number of other SM malls are included, he said.

    “Many more in the pipeline with them,” Leviste told reporters.

    Solar Philippines is currently developing a 2.7-MW solar facility at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City, to be completed before the end of the month.

    “It is just small but that is more of a showcase to be seen by the millions of people going to SM Mall of Asia, to raise awareness that solar energy is commercially viable,” he said.

    After making a impact and establishing scale with its mall-based projects, Solar Philippines will pursue markets in off-grid and residential areas, Leviste said.

    Among Solar Philippines’ other projects are ventures with Citicore Power Corp. for the development of a 70- solar facility in Calatagan, Batangas and a 40-MW solar farm in Mindanao.

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