New Solar Panels Boost Green Commitments

In an exciting move, the centre has boosted its green credentials with the installation of 330 solar panels on the roof of the complex.

The move to generate cleaner, greener energy is expected to reduce the reliance on traditional power sources and decrease energy costs over time. It is anticipated that the solar panels will generate enough power to satisfy over 20% of the Centre’s annual energy requirements.

The investment of £150,000 into this sustainability initiative will add to other environmental initiatives including the complete replacement of LED lights internally and externally, and accommodating the 150,000 honeybees that thrive in hives located on the centre’s roof.

Claire Jefcoate, centre manager at Cameron Toll said: “The shopping centre is committed to exploring new and innovative ways to reduce its carbon footprint wherever we can so the solar panel installation is very exciting. This solar addition will directly impact on the centre’s power expenditure, and we do expect to see significant cost decreases over time and reduce our reliance on traditional sources.

“Our four colonies of bees on the centre’s roof explore and pollinate plant life in neighbouring gardens, Inch Park and across the city as far as Holyrood Park.  During the school summer holidays we will be hosting educational visits to the mall to meet our beekeeper and a colony of bees in their viewing hive. These visits have proved very popular in previous years with local children and shoppers alike.”