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V&A Waterfront set to save with solar

V&A Waterfront set to save with solar

Sep 1, 2015

The V&A Waterfront – one of the top three consumers of water and electricity in Cape Town – recently embarked on a R20-million solar power program that will greatly reduce its dependence on the electrical grid.
Some 7 000m2 of solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of eight buildings throughout the precinct, with phase one  expected to be ready by the end of December 2015. The investigation of phase two, which will include the roof of the Victoria Wharf shopping centre, is also underway.

It is estimated that the solar project will save around 1 721 956 kWh annually – equivalent to the power required to light up 574 four-person households. V&A Waterfront chief executive David Green said: “Our vision is to be the best waterfront in the world and integral to that is our approach to sustainability.”

With the Waterfront’s rate of development, demands for resources like water and electricity were also increasing. “Our target is to consume less each year, despite this growth,” said Green.

The solar panels on the rooftops of the Watershed, the Breakwater, the Clock Tower, Granger Bay, the Two Oceans Aquarium, Ports Edge, West Quay and Portswood House in the phase one, will reduce some of the Waterfront’s electricity consumption.“This translates into a tangible benefit for residents of Cape Town as there will be more power available for them, and it makes good business sense for us too.”

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