Shopping Centers Today

DEC 2018

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26 S C T / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 T H E C O M M O N A R E A S U S TA I N A B I L I T Y S hopping center Westfield Topanga & The Village, in Can- oga Park, Calif., has become a hot spot for solar power. The property, which comprises an enclosed mall with an open-airlife- style component, recently added a9,000-solar-panel arrayabove multiple parking decks, bringingthe property's total number of solar pan- els to 15,000. Installed in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in three phases since 2012, Westfield Topanga & The Village's solar power system now boasts a total capacity of over 4 megawatts,the largest at any shopping center or retail destination in California. "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-Rodam- co-Westfield's executive vice pres- ident of development."This mile- stone once again underscores our company's unwavering commitment to sustainable development and to creating better places for the com- munities we serve." Combined, the solar arrays at West- field Topanga & The Village can now generate some 6.6 gigawatt hoursof clean, renewable energy —sufficient to power 730 average-sizefamily homes annually.In addition, the panels are projected to reduce car- bon dioxide emissions by over 4,900 metric tons in the first year alone —equivalent to taking about 1,000 cars off the road, or to the amount of greenhouse gases absorbed by nearly 5,800 acres of forests. "In order for us to continue to be a leader on climate and environmental issues, Los Angeles needs companies to do their part, follow Unibail-Rodam- co-Westfield's directionand go green," said Bob Blumenfield, amember of theLos Angeles City Council. "I look forward to continuing to collaborate with Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and other private-sector partners to support opportunities for renewable energy in my district and throughout Los Angeles." The overall focus on sustainability at Westfield Topanga &TheVillage is part ofUnibail-Rodamco-West- field'sBetter Places 2030globalenvi- ronmental sustainability initiative. The companyhas committedto achievinga 50 percent reduction of its carbon emissionsglobally by2030, in comparison with 2015 levels,marking the first time a list- ed retail real estate company has launched a strategy of this scope and scale to reduce carbon emissions. By early this coming yearWestfield Topanga & The Village will already have achieved an impressive 30 per- cent reduction in electric-energy consumption as a result of its solar and other sustainability initiatives. Among these are interior and exterior LED lighting retrofits, skylight tint- ing, the installation of electric-vehicle charging stations, the integration of new chilled-water coils,and efficient lighting and chiller-control systems. "Investing in sustainable energy infrastructure is just one more exam- ple of our longstanding legacy of commitment to the Warner Center business district, the San Fernando Valleyand the entire Los Angeles region," said Molly Unger, vice president and general manager of Westfield Topanga."Over the past decadewe have invested $800 million in creating this one-of-a-kind destination for local residents, and as this newest solar panel project makes clear, our investment extends to ensuring that the well-being of the community is at the forefront of everything we do." Q SUN SPOT California mall adds 9,000 solar panels By Brannon Boswell Westfield Topanga & The Village, Canoga Park, Calif.

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