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The switch has been flipped on a world-class solar panel installation at the WesBank and FNB campus in Fairland, north of Johannesburg. Just 12 months after construction began on the large-scale renewable energy project, the 150 000 m2 Fairland campus now supplements its electrical requirements using sunshine – helping the Bank reduce its carbon footprint by more than 2 700 tonnes per year, while lowering its dependency on the local power grid and passing the benefit to the community of Fairland.

Banking on sunshineWith more than 5000 WesBank and FNB employees based at the Fairland Campus, shaded parking is at a premium. In 2015, a feasibility study was commissioned to establish the possibility of replacing ageing carports with solar panels.

What started out as a parking lot with 978 dilapidated shade-cloth parking bays has been transformed into a futuristic field, with 7647 reflective photovoltaic cells – across 1010 parking bays – harvesting solar energy that helps power the campus. Power from the solar panels is routed through 83 km of dc cabling, where power is stored across 83 dc-to-ac inverters. At peak efficiency, the system is capable of generating 1.99 MW – or enough to provide power to nearly 1300 households.

“Flipping the switch on a new era for our landmark building is very exciting. We have passionate people working to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible, using innovative solutions along the way,” says Chris de Kock, CEO, WesBank. “Coincidentally, our move to renewable, sustainable energy comes at a time when the motor industry is facing similar challenges. I’m thrilled that WesBank can also say it is embracing the future of energy.”

This solar panel installation is one of WesBank and FNB's initiatives to earn a 5-Star rating for its Fairland campus from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Enquiries: www.wesbank.co.za

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