AECOM helps Growthpoint Properties go green

Airport Industria is a recent solar power project of AECOMAECOM is actively working with Growthpoint Properties on a range of solar rooftop projects and existing building performance ratings, where low-performance buildings are identified and corrective measures proposed.

Growthpoint Properties is now embarking on its largest rooftop solar installations yet, with the ultimate goal of generating an impressive 6 MWp. This translates into enough solar energy to power nearly 2 500 average South African homes.

AECOM’s Buildings & Places, Power & Industries and Construction Services teams are supporting Growthpoint Properties in delivering this work by providing the following professional services: Principle Agent, Electrical Design Reviews and Structural Integrity Assessments.

Growthpoint Properties has already completed the installation of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels with the capacity to generate over 3. 2 MWp at seven of its office, retail and industrial properties.

These rooftop solar installations are at its landmark assets across the country, including Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Constantia Village Mall, Bayside Mall and Airport Industria. In addition, the company has identified over 70 buildings across its portfolio for possible future solar PV installations.

AECOM has also been approached by Growthpoint Properties to provide a proposal to manage the certification process of 11 sites, including two office parks in its existing building portfolio. It will deploy the Green Star SA™ Existing Building Performance (EBP) v1 rating tool developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa.

The 103 kWp 33 Bree project“A Four Star rating acknowledging best practice is targeted for all buildings,” Peet Pelser, Practice Area Lead – Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Sustainability, Building Engineering, explains.

“AECOM has considerable experience in the renewable energy sector, with a broad involvement in a range of other ‘green’ energy projects,” Nico Kruger, Business Line Leader Energy – Africa, Resources & Industry, comments.

According to Werner Schneeberger, Market Sector Leader, Renewable Energy, Africa, some of the rooftop solar installations AECOM is currently involved with include:

  • Key West Mall, 1.2MWp
  • Airport Industria, 290 kWp
  • 33 Bree & 30 Waterkant, 103 kWp
  • Inanda Greens and Sunnyside Office Park, 816kWp