About SolarWorld AG: SolarWorld AG manufactures solar power systems and in doing so contributes to a cleaner energy supply worldwide. The company, located in Bonn, employs approximately 2,600 people and carries out production in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro, USA. From raw material silicon to the solar module, SolarWorld manages all stages of production ‒ including its own research and development. Through an international distribution network, SolarWorld supplies customers all over the world with solar modules and complete systems. The company maintains high social standards at all locations across the globe, and has committed itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. SolarWorld has been publically traded on the stock market since 1999. More information at www.solarworld-usa.com (or: www.solarworld-uk.co.uk, www.solarworld.sg , www.solarworld.co.za)
SolarWorld Africa, together with distribution partner In-Toto Solutions, supplied and installed a 542 kWp system at the Vodacom offices in Century City, Cape Town, rendering it the largest solar powered office building in Africa.
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 recently at an official inauguration ceremony. “Sustainability is at the very heart of our business and drives many of the business decisions that we make. Doing the right thing by the environment makes good business sense as it results in cost savings for the company in the long run,” says Maya Makanjee, Vodacom Chief Officer Corporate Affairs.
SolarWorld supplied 2127 solar panels with 255 Wp output each for the 542 kWp system, resulting in this being the largest array of solar panels on a single rooftop in Africa. The solar electricity system, which has pitched and flat roof sections installed over a 3600m² area, uses SolarWorld’s roof integrated Sundeck ® pitched roof mounting structure and the Suntub ® flat roof mounting structure.
“SolarWorld is proud to be partnering with Vodacom on this important project, supporting them in their commitment to sustainability through the use of renewable energy. We deliver high quality technologically advanced solar electricity products to our clients and are positive that Vodacom will reap the environmental, as well as economic benefits of this sustainable investment over the next 25 to 30 years and more”, says Gregor Kuepper, SolarWorld Africa Managing Director.
The solar energy system is expected to produce approximately 75% of all electricity required during peak production. The array will offset approximately 25% of the building’s electrical energy use throughout the year, a potential energy saving of about 895 MWh per annum which is equal to charging more than 70 million mobile phones over that same period.