AS THE country transitions to a low carbon future, Robinsons Malls demonstrates its environment, social and governance commitment by growing its solar energy portfolio to more than 30 megawatts (MW) to further cement its position as the country’s largest mall operator powered by solar.
This year, the mall operator installed solar rooftop projects in Robinsons Place Santiago in Isabela and in Robinsons Place Butuan in Agusan del Norte as the 22nd and 23rd malls powered by solar.
Meant to serve the mall’s energy consumption, the solar project helps ease power demand from the distribution system of the Isabela I Electric Cooperative Inc. which can be used to power up more crucial establishments amid the pandemic.
Robinsons Place Santiago’s solar project has an installed capacity of 2,091.26-kilowatt-peak (kWp), a total of 5,598 units of solar panels and 37 units of inverters.
The Santiago solar project, which started operations in April, has since generated a total of 519,871.28 kW-hr—equivalent to 368.44 metric tons (MT) of avoided CO2 emission or 6,092 trees planted.
Meanwhile, Robinsons Place Butuan has an installed total capacity of 1,296.00-kWp.
Robinsons embarked on a journey to shift to clean energy in 2015 to reduce its energy consumption and to lower its dependence on the grid by generating its own electricity through the solar rooftop projects, which will then lower its carbon footprint and generate efficiencies for the company in the future.
Instead of buying electricity from a distribution utility, Robinsons said it can power its facilities by harnessing solar energy during the day, thereby relieving the burden on the grid especially during peak hours and helping government address instances of power shortage.
Starting its operations in June, the Butuan solar project has a total of generated 317,536.25 kW-hr, translating to 225.04 MT of avoided CO2 emission, which is equivalent to 3,721 trees planted.
Total solar projects
To date, Robinsons Malls has installed solar power projects in its 23 malls which total 30.79 megawatts in capacity.
In its latest sustainability update, Robinsons Land Corp.—the operator of Robinsons Malls—was able to generate P210 million in savings from its solar power portfolio last year.
Robinsons Malls’ growing solar energy portfolio demonstrates the property firm’s commitment to protect the environment from the adverse effects of carbon emissions, and to become an industry leader in efficient energy use. (PR)