Johannesburg Mall gets a R16 million solar farm on its rooftop

10 900 panels were built on the photovoltaic (PV) solar farm which produces approximately 1.2MWh of electricity. After the success of their solar power pilot project at Epson Downs Shopping Centre in Bryanston, Emira decided to go through with the second installation. The Bryanston Mall produces around 271kWp and saves over 515,000kWh each year. Randridge Mall is also set to save the company R40 million on its electricity costs over a period of 15 years.

Development Manager at Emira, Justin Bowen said in a press statement: “Our pilot solar power project has proven successful and delivered real, tangible benefits that we are excited to extend to Randridge Mall. At the same time as driving down electricity consumption and costs, our increased use of renewable energy further reduces Emira’s carbon footprint.”

After months of planning and logistics, installation of the solar farm began in March this year. It includes a carport system of 550kWp, with the rest of the panels being roof-mounted. The solar PV installation began operating in May 2017.

“We are assessing further opportunities for using on-site renewable energy generation and reducing electricity consumption at other properties, in the near future,” he said.

 

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