Safari Energy and PREIT Add Solar Rooftop to Maryland Mall

by Katie Lee

New York City — Safari Energy, a leading commercial and industrial solar developer, has inaugurated its solar rooftop system at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Md. The 2,056 kilowatt capacity project, which is now operational, is currently providing clean energy to power the Class A shopping destination, owned by PREIT, a leading real estate investment trust.

The project is Safari Energy’s eighth in the state, bringing the total capacity of Safari Energy’s commercial rooftop solar systems in Maryland to nearly 10 megawatts. Francis Scott Key Mall is Safari Energy’s fifth project with PREIT, adding to a growing nationwide portfolio.

“Safari Energy is proud to continue expanding our portfolio of projects with PREIT and to support the growth of renewable energy in Maryland,” says Matt Rudey, CEO of Safari Energy. “We look forward to completing more commercial solar projects in in the state as we help to advance a cleaner energy future.”

“We partnered with Safari Energy on our first rooftop solar project at Cherry Hill Mall in New Jersey, and we are pleased to continue building on this partnership with five installations now complete,” adds Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “Safari Energy has helped us realize significant economic value and environmental benefits from previously unused roof space from Massachusetts to Maryland, enhancing our sustainability efforts.”

Safari Energy developed the Francis Scott Key Mall project, conducting site analysis; engineering design; financial, tax and legal structuring; incentive capture; permitting; construction management; and interconnection approval. The project has now moved into the asset management phase, with Safari Energy providing the site with operations and maintenance services. Safari Energy is similarly providing ongoing O&M services in Maryland for systems installed at Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore and Federal Plaza in Bethesda.

Founded in 2008, Safari Energy is a leading partner for large commercial customers and users to optimize returns through solar power deployment. Part of the PPL Corporation family of companies, Safari Energy has delivered more than 250 solar energy projects from New York to Hawaii.

PREIT is a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages quality properties in compelling markets.


SOURCE: Safari Energy

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