- April 20, 2019
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The Shops at La Cantera, a high-end shopping mall in San Antonio, recently completed installation of a 403-kW solar PV system on its 1.2-million square-foot, retail space rooftop.
Consisting of more than 1,500 solar panels, the solar energy system is expected to produce 590,000 kWh of emissions-free electricity, enough to supply about 23 percent of La Cantera's electricity needs.
North Carolina's Strata Soalr took just four months to install the rooftop solar PV system once construction started, without any interruption to goings-on at the mall complex. The rooftop PV system was brought online this past January.
Mall management has previously been recognized for its water conservation and reuse. It installed a water condensate recapture system that incorporates 80 industrial HVAC units during an extreme drought in 2011. That has been saving 1.2 million gallons of potable water a year, more than enough to run La Cantera's fountains.
A landscape renovation program was subsequently carried out that entailed converting 30,000 sq. ft. of parking lot islands to water-saving plants and drip irrigation. That, along with other landscape redesign efforts, resulted in another 3.9 million gallons of annual water savings, according to a local news report.
“A big part of our appeal is that The Shops was built to complement a natural environment, with beautiful water features and immaculate landscaping,” Brian Schroeder, senior general manager at The Shops at La Cantera, was quoted as saying.
“We try to take care of the environment and have a beautiful environment. The investment in solar power is a natural extension of our commitment to creating a greener, more sustainable lifestyle space for our tenants and their customers.”