Cartagena claims its CC now first in South America to generate clean energy

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Cartagena claims its CC now first in South America to generate clean energy

Newly installed solar panels will supply 18% of the energy for Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre.

Management claims it means the venue will become the first convention centre in South America to generate clean energy. The project is a result of a partnership between the venue operator (Grupo Heroica) and a non–conventional renewable energy specialist company (Celsia). The investment is reported to be more than US$5m.

The partnership provided Grupo Heroic the opportunity to implement environmentally friendly technologies and improve energy efficiency throughout the facility.

The Cartagena CC is the only Latin America CC that holds the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC) Gold Quality Standards Certification; and, thanks to the project, is the first convention centre in South America with an environmentally-friendly solar rooftop.

The solar panels cover an area of 2,743sqm, namely the rooftops of the Barahona ballroom and Getsemaní auditorium, and have a capacity of 444.14kWp – equivalent to a total production of 514,165 kWh per year. As a result, the centre will emit 188.6 fewer tons of CO2, which is equivalent to planting more than 31,200 mature trees annually.

“This project confirms our commitment to promoting the meetings industry by managing a sustainable facility,” says Juliana López, CEO of Grupo Heroica.

Sustainability efforts include:

  • LED lighting replacing all CCC lighting;
  • Efficient technology replacing 70% of the air conditioning equipment;
  • Looking to international tech trends to aid in modernising meeting rooms with the likes of video projection, lighting and automating the audio system;
  • Digital, interactive screens replacing room signage.

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