Africa’s Top Tourist Attraction Goes Solar

This post was originally published in 2015. The tips and techniques explained may be outdated.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront (V&A Waterfront) in Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the most visited tourist spots in Africa and attracts about 20 million visitors per year. The historical complex consisting of two harbor basins and surrounding buildings is a mixed-use area with a focus on retail, tourism and residential development, with the continued operation of a working harbour. And it has now gone solar.

 

Eight of its redeveloped historical buildings are covered with 4 200 solar panels. The photovoltaic system with a Sunny Tripower solution from SMA has an overall output of 1093.8 kWp. The daily output of 4 495 kWh of clean solar power is enough to cover up to 35% of the electricity demand of the eight buildings. The V&A Waterfront – one of the top three consumers of water and electricity in Cape Town – will substantially enhance its independence from electrical utilities.

Inauguration of the solar installation at the V & A Waterfront: Gregor Küpper (SolarWorld SA), Colin Devenish (V&A Waterfront), Alan Winde (Minister of Economic Opportunities of Western Cape), Axel Scholle (Sustainable Power Solutions), Thorsten Ronge (SMA SA), Bernhard Suchland (Schletter SA).

Inauguration of the solar installation at the V & A Waterfront: Gregor Küpper (SolarWorld SA), Colin Devenish (V&A Waterfront), Alan Winde (Minister of Economic Opportunities of Western Cape), Axel Scholle (Sustainable Power Solutions), Thorsten Ronge (SMA SA), Bernhard Suchland (Schletter SA).

 

“The V & A Waterfront was a very special project for us”, says Thorsten Ronge, Managing Director of SMA South Africa. “Since the installation was done on a variety of roofs across different buildings, we developed a specific inverter solution with Sunny Tripower inverters of different power classes from SMA’s comprehensive commercial rooftop inverter portfolio. With this specific decentralized solution, SMA has again proven its ability to deliver innovative, high-quality system technology for each and every PV system.”

 

Waterfront: Africa’s top tourist attraction goes solar

 

Africa’s Top Tourist Attraction Goes Solar
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