Global integrated IPP, Building Energy SpA has donated an off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant with a capacity of 3.12 kwp (DC) to the Italian Consulate in Cape Town.
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The beginning of operations was celebrated on Thursday, on the occasion of the PV power plant’s inauguration, in the presence of Alfonso Tagliaferri, Consul of Italy in Cape Town, and Matteo Brambilla, MD Africa and Middle East at Building Energy.
“We are excited for being here today to celebrate the inauguration of the solar rooftop system, developed by Building Energy for the Consulate of Italy in Cape Town,” said Brambilla.
“We are also proud to be making our contribution in providing the building with a power plant to produce clean and sustainable renewable energy that can help the Consulate reduce its reliance on grid electricity,” he added.
Reducing carbon footprint
Tagliaferri also commented: “This Consulate of Italy is proud to partner with Building Energy for a project that will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as our electricity bills.
He further stressed that, “this sponsorship’s importance is twofold: on the one hand it testifies the vitality and the competence of the Italian business presence in Cape Town; on the other hand it perfectly fits the global effort in fighting climate change initiated since 2012 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the ‘Green Farnesina’ initiative, which sees the Ministry, together with several Italian Embassies and Consulates around the world, reduce their carbon footprint in a shift towards renewable energies, paperless workflow and reclycling.”
From its Cape Town office, the company manages and coordinates over 40 projects that are operational and under development in Africa and the Middle East across the technologies of solar, wind and small-scale hydroelectric energy, including inter alia projects in South Africa, Uganda, Mali, Malawi, Cameroon and Cote D’Ivoire.