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Econet Installs the largest industrial solar plant in Zimbabwe.

Econet Wireless has commissioned a 466KW solar power plant at its Willowvale industrial complex in Harare, which is the largest commercial and industrial carport and roof mount installation of its kind to be deployed in the country.

The 466KW solar plant was engineered and designed by Distributed Power Africa (DPA), Econet’s solar business in line with the company’s commitment towards the adoption of clean and renewable energy in Zimbabwe. The system will operate under a 25-year independent Power Producer (IPP) License, one of the few issued by the energy and power regulator in Zimbabwe fo self consumption.

Econet will work under the IPP License, generating and supplying power for self-consumptin and at peak the plant will cater for nearly 45 percent of the business’s electricity needs.

Speaking at the commissioning of the plant, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe CEO Mr Douglas Mboweni said “The commissioning of our Willowdale solar power plant demonstrates our focus to ensure that all our offices nationwide transition to clean and reliable energy as rapidly as possible”.

Mboweni said the company’s OmniContact centre in Graniteside was the first solar plant installed, followed by Econet’s local head office in Msasa, and the company’s commercial offices in Livingstone Avenue in Harare last year.

He added that work was at an advanced stage at Econet’s major offices countrywide, including Bulawayo, Mutare, Gweru and Masvingo, as the company worked towards its contributions to global de-carbonisation of the energy sector.

The Willowvale solar plant was designed and installed by Distributed Power Africa adding a total of 1 435 panels installed at carports and rooftops. It comes  complete with a  real-time power monitoring system and the plant will generate an estimated 780MWH of energy per annum.

To date, DPA has successfully installed close to 20 solar systems regionally, including a 216,200 KWH per annum solar plant for the largest data center facility in East Africa built in Nairobi Kenya.

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