Aug 17, 2012
Solar project well under wayBack
Cape Town|Construction|Engineering|Africa|Building|PROJECT|Projects|Vodacom|Water|WSP|WSP Group|Africa|Century City Building|Telecommunications|Evan Pedlar|Water|Insulation
© Reuse this
“The completion of the project has been slightly delayed because of heavy rain and wind,” says engineering and consultancy firm WSP Group principal associate Evan Pedlar.
The project started at the beginning of June and was set for completion by mid-August. WSP expects the project to be com- pleted by the end of August, depending on the weather.
Meanwhile, Pedlar points out that the structural capabilities of the pitched roof section, as well as potential problems with damage to the waterproofing on the flat section of the roof, were restricting factors.
“The existing ceiling tiles allowed very little additional load to be added to the structure.
“The existing tiles have been replaced with Solar World Sun-deck roof sheeting, on which the panels are directly mounted. This has reduced the loads on the roof structure.
“The existing stone layer on top of the waterproofing and insulation on the flat section of the roof will be used to hold the Solar World Suntubs down, avoiding the penetration of water through the waterproofing,” he says.
“The Solar World Suntubs are made of 100% recyclable mate- rials and the old roof tiles will be recycled and used in community projects,” says Pedlar.
Engineering News reports that the project is said to be the largest array of solar panels on a single building in Africa.
Vodacom plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% by March 2013, which will trans- late into an estimated 79 000 t saving.
Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online
Other Renewable Energy News
Updated 3 hours ago The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s solar-powered Ilanga II car, will be the first of its kind to cross into Namibia and Botswana on June 18. This formed part of the 2015 African Solar Drive, covering 4 160 km, which aside from the adventure of the...
Updated 6 hours ago Echoing the sentiments of South Africa’s civil society and trade unions, global research and advocacy institute Transnational Institute and Municipal Services Project researcher and author Dr Daniel Chavez on Wednesday cautioned against the privatisation of...
Article contains comments
Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago Kusile’s recently appointed contractor said on Wednesday that it was confident it would meet the tough deadlines set by Eskom and that labour issues will be averted going forward. The Mpumalanga-based power station has experienced massive delays and its completion...
Updated 2 hours 39 minutes ago None of the municipalities in the Free State, North West and Limpopo attained clean audit opinions for 2013/14, and a majority also achieved qualified, adverse or disclaimed audit opinions, according to a report released by the Auditor General Kimi Makwetu on...
Updated 2 hours 42 minutes ago With State-owned power producer Eskom “failing” South Africa, smaller private energy producers were stepping up to the plate and collectively delivering more power at a faster pace than Eskom or any other single entity could, EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland said on...
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
This Week's Magazine
While strongly welcoming the promulgation of the new Part 101 of South Africa’s civil aviation regulations, governing the commercial operation of civil remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) in South Africa, the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of Southern Africa...
LSM Distributors has contracted engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa to undertake the R100-million restoration of the 54-year-old Kyalami racetrack, situated in Midrand. The restoration will assist in re-establishing it as a venue for...
South African Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has expressed the hope that the defence budget will be significantly increased over the next five years. She did so while addressing the media in her recent budget vote media briefing. The 2015/2016 defence...
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has been an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) since 2008. The relatively young portfolio has 28 projects over 30 countries on the continent according to the 2014 AfDB and GEF annual report released...
Investment in South African youth through apprenticeships and learnerships will not only create direct benefits for businesses but will also contribute significantly to job creation and socioeconomic transformation in the country.