Robinsons Land Corporation, the property development unit of the Gokongwei group, is unveiling its latest rooftop solar power facility installed on Robinsons Starmills in Pampanga.
The Robinsons Starmills renewable energy generator is actually the world’s biggest solar-powered facility to be installed on a mall’s roof for self-consumption to date.
RLC president Frederick D. Go said “the sprawling design of Robinsons Starmills and the wide open surrounding space make it ideal for a large scale solar power facility.”
Robinsons Starmills is a popular destination in San Fernando because of its outlet concept which brings popular brands under one roof for shoppers looking for great deals. It is also popular for tourists because its Fiesta Kapampangan food court allows visitors to sample the best dishes the province has to offer.
The mall also houses an inter-regional bus terminal, making it a meeting point for various destinations in NCR, Central and Northern Luzon especially during two of the province’s well known festivals, Sinukwan and Giant Lantern Festival, which attract both local and foreign visitors.
Meanwhile, Go said that, “as a responsible corporate citizen, Robinsons Land is continuously looking for ways to adopt sustainable practices and minimize its carbon footprint by steadily shifting to the use of renewable energy.”
Go said RLC’s thrust to install solar power facilities in all of its malls “demonstrates the company’s commitment to help protect the environment from the adverse effects of carbon emissions.”
Solar energy is not only sustainable, but is renewable as well. In addition, continual advancements in solar panel technology are increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of production making solar plants even more cost effective.
“Solar power facilities also require minimal maintenance, do not generate any noise, and produce no emission as they consistently produce energy for at least 25 years,” said Go adding that solar panels also shield the mall from the heat of the sun, making it cooler and lowering its energy consumption.
The company installed a total of 10,880 solar panels on the roof of Robinsons Starmills with a capacity of 2,883.2 kilowatts or 3.13 million kilowatt-hours of power a year, translating to the elimination of the emission of 1,881 tons of carbon dioxide gas which will require 48,081 trees to absorb.
Go said the Robinsons Starmills solar power facility, one of two RLC solar facilities in the province of Pampanga (the other facility is in Robinsons Angeles), jives with and contributes directly to the environment conscious provincial government’s aim to be more sustainable.
“This is our way of giving back to the community and contributing to local government’s similar thrust of helping the environment,” said Go noting that the provincial government has been developing bicycle lanes and encouraging residents to drink tap water instead of buying water in disposable plastic bottles.
Aside from the recently-completed facilities in Robinsons Starmills and Angeles, Robinsons Land will be operating new solar power plants on its malls in Tacloban and Bacolod. Once completed, RLC will have 10 malls with solar facilities with a total capacity of 12.5 megawatts resulting to an annual yield of 14.6 million kilowatt-hours.
“All our future malls will also be designed to ensure that the shape and layout of the roofs will allow the most efficient installation of solar panels to make the most of the power provided by the sun so that we will be using even less electricity from the grid,” said Go.