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South Africa's largest shopping Mall ever built in one phase, offering over 130 000m2 of retail space, Mall of Africa has added another first to its operations: The largest rooftop Solar PV system of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The rooftop solar installation at the Mall is the 10th largest in the world, and the planet’s largest integrated rooftop PV/Diesel hybrid solution.

“In the month that saw South Africa’s government launch an Integrated Resource Plan with a clear prioritisation of renewable energy as the path to our country’s energy security, we are thrilled to be announcing our own innovation in renewable energy generation. Attacq is well known for its focus on sustainable building, especially in its flagship Waterfall development. This project will see the Mall of Africa produce sufficient power to support its day-to-day electricity requirements while also decreasing its overall Carbon footprint - another significant proof point in our sustainability journey,” says Michael Clampett, Head of Retail Asset Management at Attacq.

The 4755kWp installation covers most of the available Mall roof space, an area of approximately 45000m²/4.5ha. The energy generated will be used to power the Mall’s daily operations. Solareff, which was responsible for the installation, worked with Attacq, NERSA and Eskom to ensure full legal compliance for the solution.

In addition to ensuring that the Mall reduces its carbon footprint, this project also created temporary employment for 50 people and two full-time jobs. The solar PV installation will save 8034 tons of CO2 annually and 439 436 tons of coal, resulting in 157 less coal trucks on the road per year.

Jaco Botha, Chief Executive Officer at Solareff says this is a ground-breaking project for South Africa’s solar PV industry and is estimated to be able to produce 7 800MWh annually. James Ehlers, Managing Director of Atterbury Property Group, adds that the company had long ago realised the importance of integrating solar-smart solutions into its buildings. “This Solar PV system is just one of many that we will be installing across our portfolio,” he says.

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