Gokongwei-led Robinsons Malls is serious about reducing its carbon footprint.
Robinsons Malls has installed new solar rooftop projects in Robinsons Place Santiago in Isabela and Robinsons Place Butuan in Agusan del Norte as part of its commitment to grow its solar energy portfolio to nearly 30 megawatts (MW).
The group now has 23 malls powered by solar, making it an industry leader in efficient energy use.
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. Since the mall is located at the center of fields, solar is the best alternative power source.
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. The mall is located at the center of commerce and trade at the CARAGA Region which comprises of Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, and the Dinagat Islands.
The mall operator 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, the mall operator 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.
Solar power installations from 2015 to 2020 have allowed Robinson Malls to generate 82.9 million kW-hr of clean energy for its own use—equivalent to the energy usage of 7,859 homes for one year, 14,193 passenger vehicles driven for one year, and 7.94 million smartphones charged.