We are really excited about getting solar panels installed on our building here in Citywest. We are putting in 64 panels measuring 1.5 square meters each that will generate over 23,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This is about 70% of our yearly usage. The electricity generated from the solar panels equates to a saving of about 9.8 tonnes of CO2 per year when compared to electricity generated using fossil fuels.
For the past number of years we have been sourcing our electricity from Airtricity, which is 100% wind generated electricity; so theoretically the installation of solar panels does not reduce our carbon footprint. It does however reduce the requirement to generate electricity from fossil fuels elsewhere on our island as our lower usage from the electricity grid reduces the dependence on fossil fuel power generation, that’s a thought that makes us very happy!
At Watermark, we are continually looking at ways as to how we can make better quality decisions to reduce our impact on our environment. Be it through our Woodland Coffee initiative, lowering the impact of waste from the coffee we sell or installing solar power. Each small decision makes a difference; Would you like to make a difference with us?