Growthpoint has seven solar farms successfully generating renewable energy at its buildings across South Africa, Growthpoint Properties is now embarking on its largest rooftop solar installations yet.
Growthpoint, the largest primary listed Real Estate Investment Trust in South Africa, is undertaking two large solar installations on the rooftops of its Northgate Mall and Brooklyn Mall. The retail centres in Johannesburg and Pretoria each have a capacity of approximately 1,2 MWp.
Werner van Antwerpen, Head of Sustainability Growthpoint Properties, reports: “Growthpoint has already passed the halfway mark in achieving its goal to install rooftop solar farms capable of generating an impressive 6 MWp. Or, in other words, enough solar energy to power nearly 2 500 average South African homes.”
Harnessing energy from the abundant South African sunshine, Growthpoint has already completed the installation of photovoltaic solar panels with the capacity to generate over 3,2 MWp at seven of its office, retail and industrial properties.
These solar farms include Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Constantia Village, Bayside Mall and Airport Industria. Its InfoTech building in Pretoria, Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg and Lincoln on the Lake office building in Umhlanga also benefit from solar power generating installations.
A further four projects will generate 2,7 MWp of renewable energy. Growthpoint has identified over 70 buildings across its portfolio for possible future solar PV installations.
Growthpoint Divisional Director, Rudolf Pienaar, says: “Our solar farms are one way to create a more sustainable built environment for South Africa.”
Pienaar adds: “Growthpoint is committed to increasing solar energy generation, making all our 185 office buildings energy and water efficient, and ensuring all our long-term office investments and new developments are certified green buildings. We’re already putting our commitment into action.”