California shopping mall adds 9,000-panel solar array

Westfield Topanga & The Village—which registers annual sales in excess of $1 billion—is now among the country’s most environmentally-conscious retail destinations as well. With its new 9,000 solar panel array mounted above multiple parking decks becoming fully operational, the property’s total number of solar panels is nearly 15,000. Installed in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in three phases since 2012, Westfield Topanga & The Village’s solar power system now boasts a total capacity of over 4 MW. “We are incredibly proud that California’s largest solar panel array at a retail center is now located at Westfield Topanga & The Village,” said Larry Green, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s EVP of development. “This milestone once again underscores our company’s unwavering commitment to sustainable development and to creating better places for the communities we serve.” The panels are projected to reduce CO2 emissions by over 4,900 metric tons in the first year alone-–-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. “In order for us to continue to be a leader on climate and environmental issues, Los Angeles needs companies to do their part, […]

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