Rooftop solar parking canopies

Safari Energy celebrates its role in building California’s largest retail center solar system

  • Westfield Topanga & The Village in California now features rooftop and parking canopy solar systems
  • 4 MW system is projected to reduce emissions by nearly 5,000 tons in first year
  • Safari Energy surpasses more than a dozen commercial & industrial developments in California


NEW YORK, November 5, 2018
Safari Energy, the leading commercial and industrial solar developer, today celebrated its role in the addition of a 3,387 kilowatt capacity solar development at the Westfield Topanga & The Village in California’s San Fernando Valley; a project in which it managed the overall system design, permitting, and construction.

With the completion of the Westfield Topanga & The Village solar array, Safari Energy has partnered on more than a dozen commercial and industrial solar deals in California with leading real estate investment trusts (REITs). It also represents the 20th commercial-scale parking deck or canopy project Safari Energy has completed from Hawaii to Massachusetts, with several more in development.

The total capacity at Westfield Topanga & The Village is now over 4 megawatts, and the nearly 15,000 panels are projected to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 4,900 metric tons in the first year. That’s equivalent to taking more than 1,000 cars off the road – or to the amount of greenhouse gases absorbed by nearly 5,800 acres of tree-packed forests.*

“Westfield Topanga has set the bar incredibly high for its sustainability initiatives, and we have been honored to work with them to meet and exceed their targets,” said Matt Rudey, Chief Executive Officer, Safari Energy. “The company is a model for what businesses today can do to advance financial and environmental sustainability objectives simultaneously.”

“Together with contractors like Safari Energy, Westfield Topanga & The Village is able to address the sustainability goals of our property, and provide our communities with a destination that is greener and speaks to the aspiration of the broader San Fernando Valley community,” said Molly Unger, Vice President and General Manager of Westfield Topanga.

Encompassing more than 360 stores, restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues , the San Fernando Valley’s leading destination is also one of the ‘greenest’ in the US. By 2019, the center will already have achieved an impressive 30% reduction in electric energy consumption through solar and other initiatives. Safari Energy supports clients such as Westfield Topanga & The Village in achieving green goals, some of which have earned prestigious recognition by organizations including NAREIT, the U.S. Department of Energy and GRESB.

* All emissions equivalences sourced from: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

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