Growthpoint Properties has embarked on its largest yet rooftop solar power installations at its Northgate Mall in Johannesburg and Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria.
The solar power installations at each of the malls will have the capacity to provide 1.2 megawatt peaks (MWp) and form part of a comprehensive solar power initiative embarked on by Growthpoint.
Werner van Antwerpen, the head of sustainability at the listed property company, said yesterday that Growthpoint had already passed the halfway mark in achieving its goal of installing rooftop solar farms capable of generating 6MWp, which would be enough solar energy to power almost 2 500 average homes.
Solar farms have already been installed at some of Growthpoint’s landmark assets across the country, including at the Victoria & Alfred (V&A) Waterfront in Cape Town, The Constantia Village, Bayside Mall and Airport Industria, while its InfoTech building in Pretoria, Waterfall Mall in Rustenburg and Lincoln on the Lake office building in uMhlanga also benefit from solar power.
Van Antwerpen said Growthpoint had to date spent R45.1 million on solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. But some of these projects, such as at the V&A Waterfront, where Growthpoint only owned 50 percent of the property did not represent the full cost of the installation…..