S.Africa: Italian Consulate installs off-grid solar PV system

first_imgFeatured image: Stock Matteo Brambilla, Building Energy & Alfonso Tagliaferri, Console d’Italia a Cape TownGlobal integrated IPP, Building Energy SpA has donated an off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop power plant with a capacity of 3.12 kwp (DC) to the Italian Consulate in Cape Town.The plant, composed of 12 PV panels, will generate about 5MWh of energy every year, contributing to significantly decrease the building’s carbon footprint, through reduced reliance on the national grid. Read more: More nuanced approach needed in pursuing renewables, say expertsThe beginning of operations was celebrated on Thursday, on the occasion of the PV power plant’s inauguration, in the presence of Alfonso Tagliaferri, Consul of Italy in Cape Town, and Matteo Brambilla, MD Africa and Middle East at Building Energy.“We are excited for being here today to celebrate the inauguration of the solar rooftop system, developed by Building Energy for the Consulate of Italy in Cape Town,” said Brambilla.“We are also proud to be making our contribution in providing the building with a power plant to produce clean and sustainable renewable energy that can help the Consulate reduce its reliance on grid electricity,” he added.Reducing carbon footprintTagliaferri also commented:  “This Consulate of Italy is proud to partner with Building Energy for a project that will allow us to reduce our carbon footprint, as well as our electricity bills.He further stressed that, “this sponsorship’s importance is twofold: on the one hand it testifies the vitality and the competence of the Italian business presence in Cape Town; on the other hand it perfectly fits the global effort in fighting climate change initiated since 2012 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the ‘Green Farnesina’ initiative, which sees the Ministry, together with several Italian Embassies and Consulates around the world, reduce their carbon footprint in a shift towards renewable energies, paperless workflow and reclycling.”From its Cape Town office, the company manages and coordinates over 40 projects that are operational and under development in Africa and the Middle East across the technologies of solar, wind and small-scale hydroelectric energy, including inter alia projects in South Africa, Uganda, Mali, Malawi, Cameroon and Cote D’Ivoire. BRICS TAGSBuilding Energy SpACape TownCarbon footprintsolar PV Previous articleS.Africa: energy minister welcomes BEPA launchNext articleKenya launches new platform to accelerate mini-grid industry Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Comments are closed. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policycenter_img Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img

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