September 05, 2017 – SM City Iloilo has gone solar; 2,904 solar panels at 285 watts per panel were launched and will serve as the mall’s prime source of electricity. This milestone is part of SM City’s continued thrust for sustainability and environmental stewardship. The launch and ceremonial switch on was held on the rooftop of the said mall and was graced by Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III, Chairman of the Committee on Environment and City Councilor Rleone Geroche, Chief of DENR-EMB6 Environmental Education and Communication Section Mr. Rabbi Chris Carvajal, Office of Civil Defense 6 Dir. Rosario Cabrera, Senior Environment Management Specialist and Chief of Pollution Control, CENRO Engr. Robert Escuto, Assistant Mall Manager Mr. Darrel John Defensor, and Chief of Provincial Information and Community Affairs Office Mr. Nerio Lujan.
SM Expands Green Initiatives with 8 More Solar Powered Malls. 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.
Here are photos during the launch in SM City Iloilo:
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