- Robinsons Starmills mall in Pampanga now holds the world’s largest solar power rooftop installation
- The 2.88 MW solar facility was inaugurated on Monday, May 30
- The solar facility covers 1.75 hectares of the malls roof space
The Robinsons Starmills mall in San Fernando, Pampanga now hosts the world’s largest solar power rooftop installation as it inaugurated its solar-powered facility on Monday, May 30.
Frederick Go, president of Robinsons Land Corporation, witnessed the ceremonial switching of the facility by Pampanga officials led by Gov. Lilia Pineda, Department of Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago.
As mentioned in an InterAksyon article, the shopping mall’s rooftop solar facility consists of 10,880 photo-voltaic solar panels covering 1.75 hectares of the roof space. The facility will harness 2.88 megawatts of solar power during peak hours; enough to offset up to 95% of the mall’s daytime electricity demand.
According to Frederick Go, the solar facility is expected to generate 4 million kilowatt hours of energy on its first year of operation, which will cut annual carbon emissions equivalent to 2.25 million kilograms of carbon dioxide (CO2). The cut in annual carbon emissions is comparable to planting 100,000 trees or removing 5.5 million miles worth of CO2 emissions generated by a car.
“The sprawling design of Robinsons Starmills and the wide open surrounding space make it ideal for a large scale solar power facility,” Go said; adding “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.”
SM City North EDSA previously held the record for having the biggest solar plant on a rooftop with 1.5 megawatts facility.