New Solar Farm at mall Boosts Energy Savings
Emira Property Fund has installed a R16 million solar farm on the roof of its Randridge Mall in Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg. This innovative project continues Emira’s drive to add more renewable-energy solutions to its quality portfolio of properties across South Africa as part of its sustainability strategy.
The photovoltaic (PV) solar farm, comprising 10900 panels, produces approximately 1.2MWh of electricity. This is Emira’s second solar installation and follows its successful solar power pilot project launched in 2015 at its Epson Downs Shopping Centre in Bryanston, which produces around 271kWp and saves over 515 000kWh each year.
The new solar installation at the 22 500sqm Randridge Mall is set to save a massive 2GWh of electricity every year. It is estimated that over 15 years, the use of this solar power will save Emira over R40 million on its electricity costs at the mall.
Justin Bowen, Development Manager at Emira, comments: “Our pilot solar power project has proven to be a success 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.”
Emira once again partnered with Bright Black Solar to supply and install the solar power system at Randridge Mall. Its panels were specially imported and manufactured by Canadian Solar/Jinko, and it uses SMA inverters.
Bowen believes that there is potential to use more renewable solar energy at other properties in Emira’s portfolio. “We are assessing further opportunities for using on-site renewable-energy generation and reducing electricity consumption at other properties, in the near future.”