SM ex­pands green ini­tia­tives with 8 more so­lar pow­ered malls

Business World - - THE NATION -

SM Su­permalls marks Au­gust with the com­ple­tion of new so­lar panel projects in three SM malls – SM City Cauayan, SM City Ca­banat­uan, and SM City Iloilo. As the re­tail gi­ant aims to lead pri­vate sec­tors in clean en­ergy use in the coun­try, SM is slated to launch in the com­ing months five more so­lar pow­ered malls – SM City Trece Mar­tires, SM Sea­side City Cebu, SM City Das­mari­nas, SM City Olon­gapo, and the up­com­ing SM City Tugue­garao Down­town.

By the end of this phase, SM will have ap­prox­i­mately 33,000 so­lar pan­els ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 8.9 megawatts of elec­tric­ity – enough to fully charge around 1.3 mil­lion cell­phones, light up 890,000 10-watt LED lamps, run 297,000 30-watt elec­tric fans, or pro­vide power to al­most 6000 house­holds.

“SM Prime has al­ways been com­mit­ted to re­duce green­house emis­sions and max­i­mize en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in our malls. This is just one of the many re­new­able projects we have been do­ing and we will con­tinue with find­ing ways on how to make our op­er­a­tions more en­vi­ron­men­tally sound and sus­tain­able,” said SM’s Hans T. Sy dur­ing the Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment sign­ing cer­e­mony be­tween SM Prime and So­lar Philip­pines in 2014.

As SM’s part­ner in pro­mot­ing eco-friendly shop­ping in the coun­try, So­lar Philip­pines is the largest de­vel­oper of so­lar rooftop power plants in South­east Asia. This rooftop for­mat not only uti­lizes pre­vi­ously un­used space, but also pro­vides “green” roofs for the said malls.

In 2014, SM launched its first so­lar rooftop project in the coun­try at SM City North Edsa, the first mall in the Philip­pines to be­come so­lar pow­ered. SM Mall of Asia fol­lowed two years later with the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a so­lar power fa­cil­ity with twice the ca­pac­ity of the for­mer’s rooftop in­stal­la­tion.

As SM Su­permalls as­pires to be ex­em­plary for com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial es­tab­lish­ments, this lat­est mile­stone on green en­ergy projects reaf­firms SM Prime’s com­mit­ment to its role as a cat­a­lyst for eco­nomic growth, de­liv­er­ing in­no­va­tive and sus­tain­able life­style cities that en­rich the qual­ity of life of mil­lions.

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