Green Heat aims to install more rooftop solar panels
Green Heat Corp. aims to complete additional solar roof projects with an output of at least 6 megawatts (MW) up to 12 MW in the next 5 years.
“Despite the pandemic, we have planned to complete around 6 MW solar roofs with a minimum and a maximum of 12 MW this year. It depends on the situation, especially the travel restriction, but that’s already being planned. We assure you that 6 MW is a very short target and 12 MW is a dream, ”said Roberto Martin, General Manager of Green Heat.
His latest solar panel project was for SM City Bacoor, which officially commissioned its 1.3 megawatt (MW) rooftop solar power plant last Friday.
The solar roof of the first SM mall in Cavite Province is the largest of its kind in Bacoor City and underscores SM’s commitment to leading the private sector in using clean and renewable energy.
“SM recognizes its impact on the environment and continuously takes measures to give priority to the efficient use of its resources, in this case the huge roof area of our shopping center, which, in addition to being used as a shelter, is now a reliable source of energy,” said SM Supermalls Deputy Vice President for the operation for the region south 1 Lorenzo Leon A. Calingasan IV. The system developed by Green Heat generates an average of 128,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electrical energy per month, which is sufficient to supply 800 households with an average electricity consumption of 160 kWh per month.
SM City Bacoor has maximized its 6,230 square meters of roof area with 3,114 solar panels that can generate an average of 1.13 MW of electricity per day.
This results in savings of P10.3 million in the mall’s annual electricity bills while reducing its dependence on utility power.
Green Heat has also introduced new technologies on SM City Bacoor’s solar roof by installing a Zero Export / Smart PV system, using large span corrugated GI roofs and mounting all solar panels on the roof.
The Zero Export / Smart PV system enables Green Heat to meet the end user’s electricity needs for the day, but at the same time meets the Distribution Grid Code of Zero Export for systems that produce 100 kW and more.
“We are very excited to partner with SM City Bacoor as we fully support their efforts to complete the green business model,” said Glenn Tong, Director of Green Heat.
Tong said: “Our group guarantees our partners the provision of high-quality systems that will work for many years, which in turn can generate significant savings and at the same time have a sustainable impact on the environment.”
Green Heat and SM are looking forward to further solar power projects in the future. “For SM, we are still very interested in having some discussions at other locations as well. In any case, there is interest in our side, ”said Calingasan.
Green heat makes up over 40 percent of roof-top solar systems in the Philippines, 85 percent of which are commercial systems, the rest are residential complexes.
The company has installed a total of 14 megawatt peak solar power roofs since 2009, which continue to provide a total output of 228 gigawatt hours.
Each roof offers a savings rate of between 30 percent and 40 percent.
These installations have also helped reduce around 1,139 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, which can be the equivalent of planting 1,140 virtual trees.
Recent Green Heat projects include the Commonwealth of St. Peter Chapels, the Technological University of the Philippines in Manila, and the Jesus Good Shepherd School in Imus, Cavite.