Emperors Palace has decided not to gamble on future electricity price increases by doubling down on renewable energy. Having already built one of the largest rooftop solar PV (photovoltaic) plants for a hotel and gaming establishment, Peermont has decided to extend its PV plant size at Emperors Palace from 1.176MWp to 2.723MWp by adding more generating capacity on its parkade rooftop and other roof spaces.
After the successful reveal of the first phase of the rooftop solar PV plant in August, Peermont approached the energy engineering solution provider Terra Firma Solutions to expand the existing PV plant that has already generated approximately 640 MWh’s of electricity. The bulk of the additional solar modules (panels) will be built onto the uppermost level of a new shaded parking area. Set for completion by March 2017, this will add substantial electricity savings to the property. The total plant size will now cover about 17 000 square meters of roof comprising of approximately 9 000 solar panels and 40 000m of cable.
“We are extremely excited about the practical implications of the solar PV plant and the rollover of this ambitious project into its second phase will enable Emperors Palace to generate a substantial quota of its own power. This will ultimately alleviate its burden on the national power network significantly”, comments Peermont CEO, Nigel Atherton.
“Partnering with Peermont has been a phenomenal experience in that they have put their money where their mouth is and driven their sustainability agenda into real tangible actions that benefit the environment while also helping the company’s bottom line. It’s refreshing to work with a large company that understands the importance of sustainability and puts this at the forefront of their capital expansion plans. This is not only a great achievement within the borders of South Africa but in the entertainment industry globally. We look forward to working with Peermont on other similar successful project”, says Ed Gluckman, Managing Director of Terra Firma Solutions
“Peermont Hotels, Casinos and Resorts has a dedicated sustainability programme to reduce the group’s energy and water consumption, decrease waste and promote recycling. The overall objective is to continuously reduce any potential negative impact on our natural environment, whilst maintaining and improving the overall experience for our guests”, Atherton concludes.