The 99.9KW solar system, which was installed by Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a pan-African renewable energy company with links to the Econet group, will generate enough power to meet Econet’s local head office energy requirements, making the company’s Msasa offices 100 percent dependent on clean, renewable energy.
The successful installation, in which photovoltaic (solar) panels where mounted on the company’s carports, follows the commissioning of a rooftop solar system by DPA at Econet’s Graniteside premises, the site of the company’s 220-seater call centre, situated about 10km south of Harare’s central business district.
DPA says it is on course to complete a total of 1MW (or 1.000 KW) solar projects for Econet by the end of 2018, with the telecom giant’s large Willowvale complex next in line for a major deployment following its licensing by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulation Authority (Zera).
The licensing allows Econet to build, own and operate a solar plant to generate and supply power for its own consumption, according to the licensing provisions published in the local media in April 2018.
The Willowvale complex – a major hub for Econet’s mobile telecoms and technology network operations – houses critical infrastructure that powers significant components of company’s 11-million subscriber network.
Econet has taken a lead role in the use of clean energy by ensuring that all its office and company premises across the country operate on solar power.
“We are excited about the completion of the Msasa installation project because it is something we have been looking forward to,” Econet chief executive officer Douglas Mboweni said.
“With Graniteside and Msasa done, the focus is now on Willowvale, followed soon after by Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and Masvingo projects,” Mboweni said.