Century City Conference Centre goes green through solar energy installed by SOLA Future Energy

260 KW Century City Conference Centre

260 KW Century City Conference Centre



This week, SOLA Future Energy was pleased to assist the Century City Conference Centre in its journey toward sustainability by completing a solar energy system on the centre’s roof. 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.

Gary Koetser, joint CEO of CCCC, comments, “Sustainability is fast becoming a non-negotiable in the private sector, with corporates across the board making a concerted effort to reduce negative effects on the environment. From the outset, we have strived tominimalize the impact of our operationson the environment and have implemented a number of policies and procedures to this end. This includes water management, waste management & recycling, sustainable food and energy saving.

“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. Will’s voice joined others in a session discussing the cost-effectiveness of renewable technologies at African Utility Week.

Glyn Taylor, joint CEO of CCCC reiterates the centre’s position on sustainable practices, “We are really proud that our system not only makes financial sense, but further exemplifies our commitment to providing a sustainable conference venue by actively cutting down on our own carbon emissions.”

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.



Wembly Square Cape Town 2

550 kW Solar System at Wembly Square, Gardens

550 kW Solar System at Wembly Square, Gardens



​SOLA Future Energy recently completed a rooftop solar PV installation for Wembley Square,an office complex and lifestyle centre in Gardens, Cape Town. The centre, owned by Redefine Commercial property group is home to several offices, residential apartments, shops and restaurants, and currently uses around 7M kWh electricity per annum.

Wembly Square Cape Town 2The rooftop solar system, designed and constructed by SOLA, was completed over 6 weeks, and is expected to supply 550 kW direct current (DC) to the building. The system is expected to produce over 850 000 kWh energy per annum for over 20 years, resulting in a 12% reduction of the building’s carbon footprint per annum. In addition, the solar system will save around R970 000 per annum in electricity costs.


IPIC Shopping Centre Soneike in Kuils River boasts 780 kW solar system

780 KW Solar System At Soneike Mall, Kuils River

780 KW Solar System At Soneike Mall, Kuils River



SOLA future energy recently completed a 780 kW solar rooftop installation at Soneike Mall,in Kuils River. The shopping centre, which contains a range of retail shops, is owned by IPIC Properties.

The property currently uses around 5,4m kWh of electricity per annum. With the new solar system, it is expected that roughly 1,2m kWh will be generated through the sun’s power, saving the complex over R1,7m per year in energy costs and reducing their carbon footprint by 22% per annum.

The project at Soneike is one of several retail clients that SOLA has installed with rooftop solar over the past year. Property owners are opting in for solar systems based on their efficiency and the energy cost savings that they promise. All of SOLA’s installed systems are guaranteed for 20 years, and generally take 4 – 6 years to pay off. For Soneike, this means that they’ll have 14 years of free electricity and enjoy the benefits of a reduced carbon footprint and reduced
tariff costs.


Soneike Mall Solar Energy Project

Old Mutual 1MW parking solution

Old Mutual Head Office, 1000 kW

Old Mutual Head Office, 1000 kW



Old Mutual Head Office commissioned SOLA Future Energy to build a 1 MW solar installation. Carried out in two separate phases, the solar system consists of a solar carport solution, as well as part of its West Campus building roof. The phases were completed in December 2016 and April 2017 respectively.

Carports are uniquely positioned to assist with solar production. The solution at Old Mutual not only provides shade for the cars parking there during the day, but also harnesses the sun’s energy during peak radiation hours for use in the Old Mutual head office in Pinelands, Cape Town. The system, together with the rooftop installment, is expected to produce 2 203 668 kWh of electricity for the office park per annum.

Old Mutual emerging markets CEO Rose Keanly said that the commitment to the system “proves that big corporates are able to make a meaningful difference by being resourceful and thinking creatively to find solutions for the challenges of our time.”

Around 6 – 8% of the office park’s electricity consumption will be provided by solar for the next 25 years. This should result in at least a R 3 712 880 monetary saving per year. With these savings in mind, the solar system will pay itself back in 5.5 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.

Watch a video on the carport installation here:



Old Mutual 1MW parking solution

Netcare SOLA Future Energy

NETCARE N17 AND MULBARTON PROJECTS

Freddy Hirsh SOLA Future Energy Industrial Solar Projects

Freddy Hirsch 392kWp Industrial Facility

Freddy Hirsch 392kWp Industrial Facility



The Freddy Hirsch Factory in Montague Gardens is a landmark project as its the first industrial client that Sola Future has constructed for. Typically industrial clients have lower tariffs than commercial building owners and thus are less inclined to invest into Solar PV projects.  This project shows that the hyper inflationary tariff increases that Eskom has been implementing over the past 5 years are starting to take effect on all types of energy users.

“The Freddy Hirsch Facility is our best performing project in a specific yield basis” says Nick Prinsloo, Head of Projects at Sola Future Energy, “This is due to the optimal North Facing Pitch of the roofs at the facility.  The PV project also caters for close to 90% of the Freddy Hirsch’s energy requirements during the peak of the day”.

The project marks the end of a successful year for Sola Future Energy where a total of 3MWp was installed on rooftops.


Freddy Hirsh SOLA Future Energy Industrial Solar Projects

Constantia Village Shopping Centre SOLA Future Energy Retail Solar System Project

814 kWp Constantia Village Shopping Centre

814kWp Constantia Village Shopping Centre



Sola Future was contracted by Growth Point Properties to install a 814 kWp Solar PV System at the Constantia Village in Cape Town. The plant is expected to produce around 1.3million kWh per year from equipment with a 25 year life span.

Constantia Village is an ideal development for a large Solar PV project as they have a large roof area where solar panels can be installed, and a healthy electrical demand driven mainly by air conditioning, refrigeration and lighting.  The demand peaks during the middle of the day which coincides with the Solar PV production peak, this allows the owners to make good maximum demand electricity savings over and above the electrical savings.  Over and above the financial and CO2 savings, the PV modules also provide increased roofing insulation which slows heat buildup in the centre.  The reduced heat load significantly reduces air conditioning loads which further diminishes electricity consumption.

“We are very pleased to have successfully completed the Constantia Village PV project.  We gave ourselves tight deadlines in order to be complete before the December retail rush.  Credit to the engineering and project management team for completing 814kWp in 7 weeks” says Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy.

The first phase of the solar installation was completed early December 2015 and will see the energy consumption reduced by almost 20%. So far, 5010 m2 of the main shopping centre’s roof has been covered with solar panels, and another 1500m2 is currently being planned which is aimed to be added in the second phase of 2016.


Constantia Village Shopping Centre SOLA Future Energy Retail Solar System Project

Clicks Head Office Industrial Solar System Project

402 kWp CLICKS HEAD OFFICE

402 kWp CLICKS HEAD OFFICE



Sola Future was appointed to design and construct the 402 kWp rooftop PV Project at their head office in Woodstock.


Clicks Head Office Industrial Solar System Project

Key west mall - Gauteng

1016 KW Growthpoint Key West Mall, Gauteng

1016 KW Growthpoint Key West Mall, Gauteng



SOLA Future Energy completed a thin film solar PV system for Key West Mall in Gauteng. The property, owned by Growthpoint properties, is a hub of commercial and retail activity in Krugersdorp. The solar system was installed on two roof surfaces, including  the top floor parking roof.

The capacity of the system is 1016.4 kWp, made up of 9240 thin film solar modules and 14 solar inverters. The reasoning for using thin film solar modules was aesthetic as well as practical.

“Thin film modules are aesthetically very pleasing to the eye, and as such are a great solution for buildings that have their image in mind when installing a solar solution,” said Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy. “But what sets thin film panels apart is their thermal capacity – they respond much more efficiently under hot temperatures,” he added.

Contrary to popular belief, solar panels actually perform less optimally when they become very hot, making thermal response and important part of solar panel efficiency. The thin film panels are also frameless, making them accumulate less dust – also a key factor in solar panel efficiency.

The solar system was completed in August 2016, and is expected to produce over 1600 000 kWh of energy for the shopping centre per annum for the next 25 years.


Key west mall - Gauteng

Atlantic Centre SOLA Future Energy Industrial Office Solar PV System Project

492 kWp ATLANTIC CENTRE

492 kW ATLANTIC CENTRE



SOLA Future Energy has completed the construction of a 492kW solar PV array for Ingenuity Property on the Atlantic Centre and Park-a-lot buildings in the Foreshore, Cape Town. The project is fully operational and performing as expected. It will produce 776,000 kWh annually. The modules have a guaranteed lifetime of 20 years, SOLA Future will provide an operations and maintenance service in support of energy yield guarantees. The project is the first of a number of potential sites within Ingenuity’s portfolio that may benefit from a solar power array.


Atlantic Centre SOLA Future Energy Industrial Office Solar PV System Project