Los Angeles — Westfield Group has initiated the largest solar project in its U.S. portfolio with plans to add solar panels to two of its premier malls in greater Los Angeles.
Los Angeles — Westfield Group, one of the world’s largest retail property groups, has begun two solar energy initiatives in greater Los Angeles, totaling $6 million, taking place at Westfield Topanga (pictured) and Westfield Fashion Square, two of the company’s premier retail properties in the U.S. The two programs combined represent the latest and largest solar projects in the company’s U.S. portfolio. Westfield credits the leadership of the City of Los Angeles for calling on area businesses to increase their efforts on energy conservation.
Westfield Topanga project’s scope includes retrofitting the shopping center’s roof to accommodate more than 3,000 solar modules. When fully functional, the solar panels will generate over 1,000,000 kWh.
The Westfield Fashion Square initiative includes the installation of over 2,900 solar modules on the rooftop and carport. This system will generate over 1,400,000 kWh.
The solar energy produced at the centers will result in the equivalent of eliminating the CO2 emissions from over 189,000 gallons of gasoline consumed; or over 69,000 propane cylinders used for home barbecue grills; or the electricity use of close to 200 homes; or the annual greenhouse emissions from over 300 passenger vehicles among additional savings.
In the U.S., Westfield Group has a portfolio of 55 shopping centers that are home to more than 9,000 specialty stores and comprise approximately 63 million square feet of leasable space.