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Mall Powered by Solar

A mall powered by solar in Texas called The Shops at La Cantera is the new green standard. “We try to take care of the environment and have a beautiful environment. The investment in solar power is a natural extension of our commitment to creating a greener, more sustainable lifestyle space for our tenants and their customers.” said Brian Schroeder, senior general manager at The Shops at La Cantera.

Schroeder was referring to the 403-kilowatt solar array. Expected to generate 590,000 kilowatt hours annually, or approximately 23 percent of the property’s power needs.

A project that began in September 2018 and went on line in January 2019 installing 1,523 panels on the rooftop. North Carolina-based Strata Solar completed the work without any disruption to property activity or tenant business, Schroeder noted.

Although Texas ranks No. 1 among all states in solar energy potential. Additionally, it is important to note that the investment made by The Shops at La Cantera came with no rebate.

This is not the first investment in environmentally sound solutions made by The Shops at La Cantera

In 2011, The Shops at La Cantera earned a Water Savers Award from the San Antonio Water System for their water conservation efforts. Furthermore, a couple of years later, the property implemented an innovative landscape renovation program, converting 300,000 square feet of parking lot landscape islands to water-saving plants and drip irrigation.

When environmentally sound improvements dovetail with financially smart decisions, the result is not just economically sound, but also socially sound.

As Schroeder explains, “Both the solar program and the water savings initiatives at The Shops at La Cantera are the right thing to do for the environment. Moreover, they are also financially smart as well. We’ve realized a significant savings on our water utility bill. Additionally, we fully expect to see a savings on our electric bill over time.”

This article is brought to you by Blue Sky Solar and Roofing, a solar and roofing company with offices in Aurora, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas. Blue Sky specializes in solar energy, sustainable roofing options and excellent customer service.

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