Conference venue invests in solar power
A solar PV system was recently installed on the roof of Century City Conference Centre (CCCC).
The complete system consists of over 800 photovoltaic panels that will generate electricity directly from the sun for the conference centre. The newly-built facility, owned by Rabie Property Group, currently uses over 2M kWh electricity annually.
SOLA Future Energy installed the 260 kW system over 6 weeks. Split over two roofs, the combined system will produce around 400 000 kWh of electricity annually, which is expected to cut the centre’s carbon emissions by 17% per annum.
“Examples like CCCC show that small-scale, decentralised energy usage is an important, simple step that companies can take toward securing their own affordable energy supply in the future,” said Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy.
Gary Koetser, joint CEO of CCCC, agrees to the sentiment. “Sustainability is fast becoming a non-negotiable prerequisite for event organisers and conference delegates. From the outset, we have strived to minimalize the impact of our operations on the environment and have implemented a number of policies and procedures to this end […] We are really proud that our system will not only pay back in a short amount of time, but further exemplifies our commitment to providing a sustainable conference venue by actively cutting down on our own carbon emissions.”
The energy cost savings is an expected R379 885 per annum. With a life expectancy of approximately 20 years and a payback period of 7 years, the system will provide Century City Conference Centre with “free” electricity for the remainder 13 years!
Projects such as this demonstrate a simple step that large buildings can take toward securing their own energy supply in the future whilst cutting their own carbon emissions. Read more about the Energy Security Game Changer here.
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