V&A Waterfront goes green with 7500sq metre solar rooftop installation

Sustainable Power Solutions with its partner, SolarWorld Africa, has started installing a rooftop solar system at Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront

Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront is seeing the start of the installation of more than 7500 square metres of solar panels on eight rooftops of key buildings on the 123-hectare property, as the landmark property expands its emphasis on going green. The installation follows a tender process that was completed in June of this year in which Sustainable Power Solutions was awarded the Engineering and Procurement Contractor (EPC) business. As part of this tender, SolarWorld Africa is the chosen Photovoltaic (PV) module supplier.

The solar project will provide 4207 SolarWorld SunModule Plus SW260 Poly PV modules with an output of 1093.8kWp to Africa’s most iconic destination. The ground-breaking project will produce an estimated 1 640 000kWh, units of clean energy, and reduce 1610 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The average daily production of this system will be 4495kWh which is the energy needed to supply one day’s worth of electricity to 310 average-sized households.

Axel Scholle, Managing Director of Sustainable Power Solutions, the engineering, design, procurement and construction contractor, with a total of over 5.5MW installed and currently the market leader in South Africa with projects spanning all Provinces and across the border to Namibia, says, “It is a privilege to be a part of this flagship project. We pride ourselves on our focus on quality components and I am most satisfied that our highly professional team of engineers is on track to deliver this project on time and within budget, particularly as we were faced with the additional challenges of managing multiple subcontractors in a very busy public space.”

The first phase is set for completion in October 2015 and the overall project is scheduled to go live by early 2016. SolarWorld solar panels will be installed on the roofs of the Watershed, the Breakwater, the Clock Tower, Granger Bay, Two Oceans Aquarium, Ports Edge, West Quay and Portswood House.

SolarWorld Africa Managing Director, Gregor Kuepper, says, ”We are very proud to be the chosen partner on this important project, validating our global business model of manufacturing high quality solar panels with long durability. Our 30-year track record in Africa and 40-years in the solar industry is testament to our commitment to the value proposition of technology leadership. This installation is significant in that it shall become the beacon for the roll out of solar rooftop applications for embedded generation in the commercial sector across South Africa, and further North into the continent. Furthermore, this project instills the financial benefits of a diversified energy mix, while emphasising the importance of becoming environmentally friendly.”

Proving a winning team, world-class solar system manufacturer SolarWorld and established project developer Sustainable Power Solutions are setting a new benchmark for the commercial sector in terms of the reduction of carbon emissions and the saving of electricity costs.

The V&A Waterfront’s Executive Manager of Operations, Colin Devenish said, “The V&A Waterfront offers a world-class product, and as the most visited destination on the continent we take our reputation and green credentials very seriously. We are committed to ensuring our environmental and sustainability measures and initiatives are at the forefront of all our business practices. We believe that this project enables us to deliver world-class standards that can be measured against responsible business practices.”

The V&A Waterfront attracted more than 24 million visitors and reported a 19% increase in retail trade sales for 2014, marking four consecutive years of consistent growth since 2011. The property has contributed R259.1 billion in nominal terms to the South African economy over the last twelve years, with a cumulative contribution to the provincial GGP of over R227 billion since 2002.

For further project information, please contact: Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd.
Stephanie Scholle
T: 021 851 6308
M: 083 388 3924
E: stephanie@powersolutions.co.za

For further product information, please contact: SolarWorld Africa (Pty) Ltd.

Mariska Viljoen
T: 021 421 8001
M: 082 382 8737
E: Mariska.Viljoen@solarworld.com

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Chad Fichardt
M: 072 999 7342
E: chad@chatroom.co.za
Or Gordana McNamara
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E: gordana@chatroom.co.za

About Sustainable Power Solutions:
Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd is an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company specialising in the design and supply of grid-tied solar photovoltaic, solar diesel hybrid and electricity storage plants for commercial and industrial clients in the 100kWp to 5MWp range.

Established in 2007, Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd has evolved into one of the few fully-fledged South African EPC companies specialising in the turnkey provision of solar photovoltaic, solar hybrid and electricity storage plants to the commercial and industrial sectors. Since inception, Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd has succeeded in acquiring numerous projects in the renewable energy sector, both locally and internationally. Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd has constructed 5.5 MW of solar projects to date in Kwa-zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, and the Western Cape, and currently has 4 projects (a total of 2.2 MW) under construction (1 in Cape Town and 3 in the Northern Cape). Headquartered in Cape Town, with an office in Gauteng currently being established, Sustainable Power Solutions (Pty) Ltd has 11 employees in total, of which five are engineers. Of the five, Axel Scholle, is a registered professional engineer (both in SA and Namibia).

About SolarWorld:
SolarWorld REAL VALUE: SolarWorld manufactures and sells high-tech solar power solutions and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The group, hehadquartered in Bonn, Germany, employs approximately 3,500 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany; Arnstadt, Germany; and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to solar wafers, cells and modules, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ? including its own research and development. Through an international distribution network with locations in Europe, USA, Singapore, Japan and South Africa, SolarWorld supplies customers all over the world. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld was founded in 1998 and has been publically traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at www.solarworld.com, www.solarworld.co.za (or: www.solarworld-usa.com, www.solarworld-uk.co.uk,www.solarworld.sg)

About the V&A Waterfront:
The V&A Waterfront is a 123-hectare mixed-use destination, and one of Africa’s most visited cultural and historical hubs. Set on the edge of a natural, historic working harbour with the iconic Table Mountain as its backdrop, it offers local and international visitors a cosmopolitan mix of experiences ranging from leisure, shopping and exclusive entertainment. It also offers prime residential and commercial property. The prime positioning of the V&A Waterfront boasts sweeping views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks. Up to 100 000 people visit every day during peak season.

Contributing R259.1 billion in nominal terms to the South African economy over the last twelve years, the V&A Waterfront’s cumulative contribution to the provincial GGP since 2002 was over R227 billion. The property also reported a 19% increase in retail trade sales for 2014, marking four consecutive years of consistent growth since 2011.

Total visitor numbers have grown to 24 million a year by 2014 (at year end). Although the V&A Waterfront remains South Africa’s favourite attraction for international visitors, they account for only 23% of all visitors. Visits by locals increased to 63%, while 14% of visitors were from upcountry.

With 22 official landmarks on-site, it is also part of South Africa’s historical legacy. Jointly owned by Growthpoint Properties Limited and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), represented by the Public Investment Corporation Limited (PIC), the V&A Waterfront was developed in 1988 by the state-owned transport corporation, Transnet Limited, while official commercial trading commenced in November 1990.

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