Solar panels set up on George Town car park

The solar array on the Harbour Place carpark roof.

A solar array recently installed on the roof of the Harbour Place car park in George Town will be able to generate 355 megawatt hours of electricity a year from renewable energy, equal to an annual reduction of 235 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Ugland Properties held an opening ceremony last week to celebrate the completion of the 10,395 square feet solar array which features 556 panels.

Minister of Planning Joey Hew switched on the hurricane-rated installation Wednesday, 18 Sept., which was built by NCB Group and is the third largest in the Cayman Islands, according to a press release.

Hew said at the ceremony that the project aligned well with Cayman’s National Energy Policy which calls for an increase in the usage of renewable energy from 0.9% to 70% by 2037.

Andreas Ugland said, “The Ugland property companies have been working to adopt green energy sources to limit our carbon emissions on the island.” The panels will also provide covered parking for the building’s tenants.

Ugland Properties business development executive Nickolai Ugland noted, “Along with switching to low-energy devices, sustainable landscaping, and recycling with external service providers, the companies will continue to explore and implement further improvements to limit carbon emissions.”

To complement the installation, Ugland Properties will be testing demand for electric vehicle charging stations by installing several for tenant use, with the numbers increased if the need arises.

Minister of Planning Joey Hew, wearing helmet, switches on the solar array with, from left, Nickolai Ugland, Governor Martyn Roper and Andreas Ugland.

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