Powering data centres across Africa gains momentum


Distributed Power Africa (DPA) has unveiled a 1.2MW solar installation at Liquid Telecom’s  Campus in Midrand, Johannesburg –one of their largest projects to date in South Africa. Recently, the company also announced a major deal with Tesla to bring Powerwalls into Zimbabwe, as a part of their telecoms power solution.

According to the CEO of DPA Africa, Norman Moyo “This solar deployment to Liquid Telecom Midrand is a major development in improving energy security for critical users like data centres.  It will improve their power security and energy efficiencies.  The power needs of data centres tend to be heavy and sensitive, and DPA’s engineering hopes to provide a reliable power supply to keep this operation running with no downtime.”

DPA designed and is engineering the Liquid Telecom Midrand solar plant as a combined carport and rooftop solution, that will come complete with a real-time power monitoring system.  This initiative is in line with the South Africa government policy to embrace renewable energy as a practical source of power – complementing the government’s efforts to improve reliable power supply to the country.

According to Reshaad Sha, CEO Liquid Telecom South Africa, “using energy-saving and environmentally friendly sources of energy is becoming increasingly important and companies should start looking at making them standard practice. Through this partnership with DPA, we are embracing cleaner sources of energy for improved information security to achieve both cost and energy efficiencies.  We are also excited to draw value from our real estate, as we turn our roofs and carports into energy sources for our businesses, which is a real return on investment for us”.

Distributed Power Africa provides such solar solutions at zero upfront investment on a lease agreement and guarantees customers no technical risk through the best technology. As part of the lease, DPA takes full responsibility for engineering, procurement, installation, monitoring, maintenance, warranties and insurance.

DPA has this year successfully deployed sizeable solar projects in Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa. “We extend such opportunities to all businesses, and we particularly encourage real estate owners with idle lying land and dead roofs, to leverage on this by turning these into power sources that also generate revenue for them.” Said Norman Moyo.

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