Vodacom getting solar power roof

2012-05-30 07:27

Cape Town - Vodacom will be fitting its Century City office in Cape Town with the largest array of solar panels on a single building in Africa.

The solar array, which is expected to be finished in August, will see nearly 2 000 mono crystalline solar panels covering the 3 600m² roof of the building, the cellphone network said. During peak production the solar array is expected to provide up to 75% of all the power required by the building.

"The position of the Century City rooftop is perfect for generating a high yield of solar power throughout the year," said Suraya Hamdulay, executive head of corporate citizenship at Vodacom. 

The power produced will feed into the two main distribution boards, and a display panel installed in the reception area of the building will display instantaneous power yield, energy yield and carbon emission savings.

The total annual energy savings garnered by the project is expected to be around 830.1MWh  - the equivalent of charging more than 70 million cellphones.

The office currently uses 650kWp of power from the municipality and the photovoltaic array will supply 500 kilo-watt peak (kWp) at peak production to the building.

"Our target is to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 31 March 2013 which will translate into an estimated 79 000 tons saving.

"We are continually on the lookout for new ways of reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions," said Hamdulay.
 

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