Vodacom has announced that it is fitting its Century City office in Cape Town with close to 2,000 mono-crystalline solar panels, which will cover the 3,600 square-meter roof of the building.
The solar array will be completed by August and is expected to provide up to 75% of all power required by the building during peak production.
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 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.
This project is a part of Vodacom’s ongoing drive to reduce the amount of energy it consumes. To date, Vodacom has reduced the energy inputs by 12% per base station across the Vodacom Group.
“Our target is to reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 31 March 2013 which will translate into an estimated 79 000 tonnes saving,” said Hamdulay.
Facts on the Century City Solar Project
- The photovoltaic array will supply 500 kilo-watt peak (kWp) at peak production to the building.
- The office currently uses 650 kWp of power from the municipality.
- The total annual energy savings is expected to be around 830.1MWh
- This equates to charging more than 70 million cellphones over a year.