Econet launches Willowvale solar plant

11 Apr, 2019 - 15:04 0 Views
Econet launches Willowvale solar plant


Esther Madambi, H-Metro Reporter

Econet Wireless has launched a 466 KW solar plant at its Willowvale complex which will enable the company to self-consume for its internal operations including its base stations.

It becomes the largest commercial and industrial, carport and roof mount installation in the country with 1435 panels.

Speaking at the launch, Econet Wireless chief executive, Douglas Mboweni said the plant will operate under a 25-year Independent Power Producer (IPP) License.

“The commissioning of our Willowvale solar power plant demonstrates our focus to ensure that all our offices nationwide transition to clean and reliable energy as rapidly as possible.

“The solar plant engineered and installed by an Econet company, Distributed Power Africa (DPA) has 1435 panels generating 780MwH per annum.

“The commissioning of this plant marks a historic event in the renewable energy sector in the country as it signals the beginning of a large scale solar adoption in the commercial and industrial space.

“Reliable and clean energy alternatives offer a window of opportunity for companies to utilize at a time business in the country is being hampered by constant power cuts.

“Our organisation launched a Green campaign in 2018 which has seen the company investing in alternative renewable energies starting with six of our own business premises,” said Mboweni.

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