Columbus, Ohio — As part of its sustainability efforts, Washington Prime Group Inc. has completed the solar panel system at Weberstown Mall in Stockton, Calif. The system is comprised of 3,456 photovoltaic (PV) modules, spanning more than 76,645 square feet, offsetting approximately 37,400 tons of CO2 equivalent over 25 years.
Under the terms of the agreement, Safari Energy developed, financed and built the project, with Washington Prime Group to purchase all the electricity generated by the system from Safari. The rooftop solar system at Weberstown Mall allows the company to convert unused roof space into a productive source of energy for the center. While significant cost savings are not expected for Washington Prime Group or its tenants, the system is expected to generate over 1,919,874 kilowatt hours of green energy per year — the lifetime equivalent of eliminating more than 78,575 barrels of oil.
“We applaud Washington Prime Group’s vision on sustainability, and are proud to deliver green energy solutions for the team from coast to coast,” says David Heyman, chief executive officer, Safari Energy. “The Weberstown Mall project is our second with WPG and Safari Energy’s 32nd commercial-scale solar project completed in California, and we look forward to many more in the pipeline in the state.”
In 2019, Washington Prime Group completed a solar panel system at Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. (pictured at right) The company is working to establish a long term goal for the installation of renewable energy generation technology and is currently exploring opportunities for additional solar panel projects across its portfolio.
Safari Energy is a leading provider of solar energy solutions for commercial customers in the US. Safari has developed and built several hundred commercial-scale projects for real estate and Fortune 500 customers across 23 states. Safari utilizes its deep market experience in a client-focused model to develop solar projects that deliver superior financial value.
To learn more about the sustainability efforts at Washington Prime Group, visit http://interactive.washingtonprime.com/esg/p/.
Washington Prime Group Inc. is a retail REIT and a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of retail properties. For more information, visit www.washingtonprime.com.
SOURCE: Washington Prime Group Inc.