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Cutting-Edge Solar Power Plant Revealed at Johannesburg Mall



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Signet Terrace Shopping Centre has announced the successful completion of its state-of-the-art solar power plant, marking a significant milestone in pursuing sustainable energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions. The project results from a collaborative effort between Signet Terrace Shopping Centre, Solarise Africa, Nuvo Energy Africa, and One Stop Solar, each playing a crucial role in its implementation as reported by PV Magazine.

With a total capacity of 975.7 kWp solar PV, the Signet Terrace Shopping Centre solar power plant solidifies its position as a pioneer in renewable energy solutions within the retail industry. Embracing this clean energy source is projected to result in a remarkable 66% reduction in kWh consumption over the plant’s lifetime, substantially contributing to a greener future. In its inaugural month alone, the solar power plant is expected to achieve an impressive 30% reduction in kWh usage, setting a commendable example for other shopping centres to emulate.

Kavi Naidoo, Spokesperson for Signet Terrace Shopping Centre, expressed excitement about the project, stating, “We are delighted to unveil the Signet Terrace Shopping Centre solar power plant, which showcases our commitment to sustainability and responsible business practices. This installation enables us to generate a significant portion of our electricity needs from renewable energy sources, leading to a substantial reduction in our carbon footprint while ensuring long-term cost savings.”

In line with their focus on green energy, the solar installation includes a 22kW Enelion Vertica EV Charger that powers two EV charging bays. “We take pride in introducing EV charging bays powered by our solar installation,” continued Naidoo. “This addition demonstrates our dedication to sustainable transportation options and provides a convenient solution for electric vehicle owners visiting our shopping centre.”

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Sakkie van Wijk, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Solarise Africa, highlighted the project’s significance from a financial perspective, stating, “This project exemplifies the feasibility and financial viability of renewable energy solutions for commercial properties. By replacing 29% of the shopping centre’s electricity consumption, the Signet Terrace solar power plant will contribute to a reduction of approximately 32,720 tons of CO2 emissions over the contract period. This achievement is not only a significant step towards combating climate change but also a testament to the positive impact of renewable energy adoption.”

Jan-Hendrik Kruger, Managing Director of Nuvo Energy Africa, discussed the construction process, stating, “We are proud to have been part of the construction and implementation of the Signet Terrace Shopping Centre solar power plant. This project involved meticulous planning, state-of-the-art technology, and a strong emphasis on environmental sustainability. We believe this solar power plant will serve as a shining example to other developers looking to integrate renewable energy solutions into their projects.”

Ed Young, CEO of One Stop Solar, commended the partnership, stating, “The successful collaboration between Signet Terrace Shopping Centre, Solarise Africa, Nuvo Energy Africa, and One Stop Solar has enabled the development of a groundbreaking solar power plant. This project sets a compelling example for other businesses seeking to embrace clean energy.”

The Signet Terrace Shopping Centre solar power plant, is expected to generate 136 MWh of clean energy annually, ushering in a new era of sustainable power for the retail industry. With an estimated savings of R53 million over the contract period, the solar power plant demonstrates the potential for cost-effective energy solutions that benefit both the environment and the financial bottom line.

This landmark project serves as a powerful reminder of the significance of collaborative efforts in driving sustainable development. Signet Terrace Shopping Centre takes pride in leading the renewable energy movement, paving the way for other businesses to adopt clean and green energy solutions.


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