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PAMPANGA, Philippines – Robinsons Land Corp. (RLC), the property arm of the Gokongwei group,
launched its latest solar-powered mall here Monday.

RLC president Frederick Go said the solar plant with a capacity of 2,883.2 kilowatts or 3.13 million
kilowatt-hours of power a year, is the world’s biggest solar-powered facility.

“The sprawling design of Robinsons Starmills and the wide open surrounding space make it ideal for a
large scale solar power facility,” Go said.

The facility translates to 25 percent in energy savings in the monthly electricity bills of Robinsons

The company tapped Solenergy Systems Inc. as EPC contractor for the project, which consists of 10,880
solar panels covering 1.75 hectares of roof space.

Starmills will harness more than 2.88 megawatts of power during peak hours, Solenergy said.

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Go said RLC is continuously looking for ways to adopt sustainable practices and minimize its carbon
footprint by steadily shifting to the use of renewable energy.

“The 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,” Go said.

He added that solar power facilities require minimal maintenance and produce no emission as they
consistently produce energy for at least 25 years.

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 also houses an inter-regional bus terminal, making it a meeting point for various destinations in NCR,
Central and Northern Luzon.

Aside from the recently completed facilities in Robinsons Starmills and Angeles, Go said RLC will also be
operating new solar power plants in its malls in Tacloban and Bacolod.

Go said 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,” Go said.
DBM is first govt agency to harness
solar power

Lenie Lectura


June 4, 2015

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In Photo: Helen Tong (from left), Prompech /GreenHeat COO; Budget Secretary
Florencio B. Abad; Palace Deputy Spokesman Abigail Valte; Executive Director Jose
Tomas Syquia; and Glen Tong, Propmech director, stand on a solar rooftop during the
PS-PhilGEPS launch and ceremonial switch-on of the 51.3-kilowatt-peak grid-tied
photovoltaic power plant in Paco, Manila.
By Lenie Lectura

SOLAR solutions provider Propmech Corp. has shelled out P6 million for solar-rooftop
modules installed within the Procurement Service-Philippine Government Electronic
Procurement System (PS-PhilGEPS) of the Department of Budget and Management
(DBM), the first government agency to harness solar power.

During Thursday’s ceremonial switch-on of the PS-PhilGEPS’s solar panels, officials
stressed the savings on electricity consumption.

Propmech Director Glenn Tong said some 571 solar panels were installed. He said, “We
were really looking forward to this project. We’ve spent P6 million for 571 solar panels.”
The newly installed 51.3-kilowatt peak (kWp) solar rooftop, a grid-tied photovoltaic (PV)
power plant, has a 51.3-kilowatt peak direct current capacity and a 40-kilowatt alternating
current net capacity.

Its average monthly solar production of 4,645 kilowatt-hours (kWh) will save the agency
as much as P51,210 every month at P11.24/kWh. Using the system over a year has the
equivalent of planting 280 trees.

PS-PhilGEPS Executive Director Jose Tomas Syquia said the installation of solar-
rooftop panels is in support of Republic Act 9729, or the Climate Change Act of 2009.

“This is a very opportune mark of distinction to be tagged as the first government office
to have solar rooftop modules, especially that we have had many calamities and disasters,
most of which are results of our failure to protect the environment,” Syquia said.

Propmech Corp. has completed several milestone renewable-energy (RE) projects in the
country, including projects under the rural electrification program of the Philippine
government; installation of solar rooftops of Asian Development Bank, Manuel L.
Quezon University and Saint Scholastica’s College; and the installation of Manila Electric
Company’s own solar power plant.

Image Credits: Roy Domingo