Commercial and industrial solar developer Safari Energy has celebrated its role in the completion of California’s largest retail centre solar system at Westfield Topanga & The Village in the state’s San Fernando Valley, which is projected to emissions by nearly 5,000 tons in first year.
Safari Energy managed the overall system design, permitting and construction of the 4 MW+ solar system which consists of nearly 15,000 solar panels and which is projected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 4,900 metric tons in the first year. This is equivalent to taking more than 1,000 cars off the road or to the amount of greenhouse gases absorbed by nearly 5,800 acres of tree-packed forests.
The project represents the 20th commercial-scale parking deck or canopy project Safari Energy has completed from Hawaii to Massachusetts, with several more in development.
“Westfield Topanga has set the bar incredibly high for its sustainability initiatives, and we have been honored to work with them to meet and exceed their targets” said Matt Rudey, Chief Executive Officer, Safari Energy. “The company is a model for what businesses today can do to advance financial and environmental sustainability objectives simultaneously.”
Molly Unger, Vice President and General Manager of Westfield Topanga, added that together with contractors like Safari Energy, Westfield Topanga & The Village is able to address the sustainability goals of its property, and provide its communities with a destination that is greener and speaks to the aspiration of the broader San Fernando Valley community.
Encompassing more than 360 stores, restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues, the San Fernando Valley's leading destination is also one of the ‘greenest’ in the US. By 2019, the centre will already have achieved an impressive 30 percent reduction in electric energy consumption through solar and other initiatives. Safari Energy supports clients such as Westfield Topanga & The Village in achieving green goals, some of which have earned prestigious recognition by organizations including NAREIT, the U.S. Department of Energy and GRESB.