The Zone retail solar PV system Johannesburg

611kW solar system at The Zone Mall, Johannesburg

Expected to produce 862 599 kWh of clean energy every year, the retail solar system at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg, is a great investment for owners Old Mutual.  

A great example of value engineering, The Zone’s system was carefully designed to take into consideration 2 main installation areas the one of which is a residential roof space accommodating 10 different module orientations on 17 roof areas. The clean energy produced by this retail solar system will contribute toward 7% of the Zone’s overall power usage. 

Completed over 6 weeks, the retail solar PV solution is made up of 1852 poly-crystalline modules with 19 Inverters and 926 optimizers.


Retail solar system, East London

465 kW solar system at Vincent Park Mall, East London

SOLA Future Energy recently completed a retail solar PV solution for Vincent Park Mall in East London. The retail centre, owned by the Old Mutual Group, will benefit from the 465 kWp solar system on its roof – year round.

A hub of economic activity in East London, the mall uses 9 498 088 kWh of electricity per annum, of which 7% will now be off set by the solar system. This is expected to save 577 tons of carbon emissions, as well as substantial monetary savings each year.

The construction of the project took place over 7 weeks and the installation is made up of 1410 poly-crystalline modules with 14 solar inverters.


Maskam Mall - Vredendal. Photo courtesy of Noble Property Fund

535 kW solar system, Maskam Mall, Cederberg Region

535 kW solar system, Maskam Mall, Cederberg Region

Maskam Mall, a retail property in the Cederberg town of Vredendal, has recently converted so solar energy.

The retail centre currently uses 2 373 318 kWh of electricity per annum, and the Cederberg region provides the perfect uninterrupted irradiance perfect for solar. Consisting of 1620  Canadian Solar 330 watt polycrystalline modules with 5 Ingeteam 100TL 3 Play Inverters, the solar system can deliver 534.6 kWp, allowing the mall to reduce its electricity consumption by 877 660 kWh per year. This equates to a carbon emissions saving of 778 tons CO2 per year of the system operating.

The mall will also make significant energy and demand savings, enabling the project to be paid back in just 4 years 9 months.  Congratulations to Noble Property Fund for their fantastic investment in solar energy!

To work out how much solar might save your retail centre, use our free solar calculator.

Dynachem chemical manufacturing plant will save 36% of its energy through its PPA

60 kW Dynachem industrial solar facility (Power Purchase Agreement)

60kW industrial solar system power purchase agreement (PPA) for Dynachem, Western Cape

The Dynachem industrial solar system uses 180 Canadian Solar 330 watt poly crystalline modules and 1 50kW Inverter to deliver 59.4 kW of direct current (DC) electricity – around 36% of the plant’s energy needs. Reducing the plant’s entire load on the grid will mean that the it will experience demand savings as well as reductions in its costs for energy per month. With the system lasting 20 years, the chemical manufacturer is likely to benefit substantially from the reduced energy costs.

The system belongs to SOLA Future Energy, with a power purchase agreement (PPA) in place, which will enable the Dynachem, manufacturing plant to buy clean energy back at a fixed-rate tariff. The arrangement will provide the plant with clean energy over the next 20 years, shielding the industrial plant of the variability of Eskom tariff increases.

Retail solar system

1354 kWp solar system for Langeberg Mall in Mossel Bay

1354 kWp solar system for Langeberg Mall in Mossel Bay

Langeberg Mall in Mossel Bay has become the latest solar success story for SOLA Future Energy. The system, installed over 3 separate roofs at the retail centre, consists of 4104 polycrystalline solar modules, with 20 String Inverters to convert the power generated by photons into usable energy.

The project is expected to produce 1 980 445 kWh of energy per annum, around 20% of the retail centre’s overall consumption.

“To date, the solar system at Langeberg Mall is the largest single-phase installation that we have carried out,” said Dom Wills, CEO of SOLA Future Energy. “Langeberg mall is a great example of how retail solar projects add value to shopping centres around South Africa, where there are extensive solar resources available.”  

The installation was carried out in record time, over 9 weeks from design to completion.

To work out how much solar might save your retail centre, use our free solar calculator.

Secunda Mall Solar PV installment

1156 kW Solar System at Secunda Mall, Gauteng

1156 kW project a prime retail solar example at Sasol’s Secunda Mall

SOLA Future Energy was commissioned to complete a 1156 kW solar system on two roofs of Secunda Mall. The retail centre solar PV installation was completed over 10 weeks, and consisted of 3400 mono-crystalline modules and 20 solar inverters. The solar installation is expected to produce 1 895 447 kWh of electricity for the retail centre per annum, resulting in a total of 1678 tons of C02 reduction per year that the PV system is operational. The retail centre will save over R2 100 000 in the first year of operation, meaning the system will pay back in less than 6 years.

Secunda Mall Solar PV installment
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.

Century City Conference Centre solar system

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 IPIC Soneike Mall, Kuils River

780 KW Solar System At IPIC Soneike Mall, Kuils River

SOLA future energy recently completed a 780 kW solar rooftop installation at IPIC 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