14 March 2013 – In what is touted as the largest solar energy system on a single rooftop in Africa, the Vodacom building in Century City, Cape Town expects its solar energy system to produce approximately 75% of all its electricity required during peak production. The array will offset about 25% of the building’s electrical energy use throughout the year, a potential energy saving of about 895 MWh a year which is equal to charging more than 70 million mobile phones over that same period.
SolarWorld Africa, together with distribution partner In-Toto Solutions, supplied and installed a 542 kWp system at the Vodacom offices. The project, forming part of Vodacom’s endeavour to reduce its energy consumption, and to build its business on the fundamental principles of sustainability, was unveiled at an official inauguration ceremony.
SolarWorld supplied 2,127 solar panels with 255 Wp output each for the 542 kWp system. The solar electricity system, which has pitched and flat roof sections installed over a 3,600 m² area, uses SolarWorld’s roof integrated Sundeck pitched roof mounting structure and the Suntub flat roof mounting structure.