CAUAYAN CITY, Philippines- The SM City Cauayan recently inaugurated the first industrial solar project here in a bid to promote environmental sustainability through clean and renewable energy.
Located at the rooftop of the mall, the blessing and inauguration of the solar power project was led by SM City Mall Manager Shiela Marie Estabillo, Philippine Information Agency (PIA) director-general Harold Clavite, PIA regional director Purita Licas and Cauayan City mayor Bernard Faustino Dy.
Krystal Gayle Agbulig, SM City Cauayan public relations manager, said the solar power project is composed of 342 panels that can produce approximately 105,678kWh annually.
Agbulig said the solar power can energize at least 9,700 units of 10 watts bulb or charge 26,358 cellphones at the same time.
Agbulig added that the power generated from the solar facility could offset 74.0 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) which is equivalent to an average of 400 trees per year.
The facility functions for 25 years, the mall’s public relations manager said.
“The initiative is not only to promote the use of renewable energy resource but also for SM City Cauayan to serve as model to other commercial and industrial establishments to ensure that future generations will live in a safe and healthier environment,”Agbulig said.
Agbulig added that the SM City Cauayan continuously takes sustainable initiatives to include the use of LED lighting systems to optimize electrical consumption for illumination, use of ceiling fans in the mall and energy-efficient office equipment.
Aside from the rooftop solar power project, the mall management has also installed Automated Weather System (AWS) to help the nearby community, customers and tenants prepare for weather-related disasters. Merlito Egdale/PIA/Northernforum.net