Biggest Solar Project in SM North EDSA.
Author: Darvin Tocmo Date Posted:11 November 2014
Manila, Philippines – President Benigno S. Aquino III and SM Prime president Hans Sy led the launch of SM City North EDSA’s solar rooftop project, so far the biggest project in the country, on Monday. "This is significant in the light of the challenges that will confront our energy sector," Aquino said. The solar rooftop project is led by 21-year old Leandro Leviste from Solar Philippines. The SM Group first launched the solar project in SM Xiamen in China, with 1.1 megawatts solar energy produced by 3,740 panels. According to SM Supermalls president Annie Garcia, the SM North EDSA solar project, powered by 5,750 solar panels installed at the rooftop of the multilevel parking building, is expected to generate 1.5 megawatts of power for the mall's 16,000 lighting fixtures, 59 escalators and 20 elevators. This represents 5 percent of the mall's total electricity requirements. "Using the solar panels can generate up to 2 million in savings every month for SM North," Garcia said SM has two rooftop solar power projects by Solar Philippines in the pipeline - in SM Dasmarinas in Cavite and SM Mall of Asia in Paranaque. The SM City Dasmarinas will have 3,740 solar panels that are expected to generate 0.8 megawatts of power, expected to be operational by May 2015. While SM City Mall of Asia will have 10,500 solar panels that will generate 2.7 megawatts of power, may go online by the end of 2015. The SM Group is one of the private companies that support the DOE's interruptible Load program, which aims to ease the demand for electricity and prevent the projected power crisis in the summer of 2015. Find more information at: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/11/24/14/sm-north-edsa-now-worlds-biggest-solar-powered-mall