New solar deal to enable Kenya’s industries to save on their power costs

Kenyan industries are set to benefit by saving a minimum of 30% on their current cost of grid power consumption following a partnership between Distributed Power Africa (DPA) and Canadian Solar company. Currently, Kenyan companies lose nearly 10% of their production because of power outages and fluctuations. 

The deal is expected to help DPA provide top tier PV panels from the company that is estimated to be over 60,000 KuMax and HiKu which would quite easily construct 50 large industrial solar plants. The PV panels will be made available to DPA customers in the African market-based Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho, with the intention to expand into other key markets.  

Commercial and Industrial projects in Africa such as data centres, manufacturers, schools, hospitals and various C&I businesses will experience better quality of service by an assurance of zero technology risk for DPA customers covered by the warranties and reliability of the equipment.

“We are working with Agha Khan Hospital in Mombasa, at the Aga Khan Kuze Medical Centre as part of their drive to contribute to a cleaner environment, which is in accordance with the UNDP’s Solar for Health initiative.” Said Norman Moyo, Group CEO of DPA Africa.

This is a major commitment to DPA’s vision of delivering energy security to the continent while working with world class technology partners such as Canadian Solar and Tesla. The company recently completed installation of solar panels at the East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi seeing the facility maximize solar energy usage and saving up to an estimate of Kshs 4.5 million on green energy.

“We will leverage Canadian Solar’s PV technology capabilities and customer base in growing their pipeline in Africa as well as continue to unlock new hybrid technologies to solve Africa‘s twin challenges of generation and distribution. We imagine a future now where every building in Africa is generating its own energy.” Moyo concluded

DPA aims to ensure that businesses and individuals have access to affordable and efficient green energy through a zero-start-up cost model. DPA is a subsidiary of the Econet Group, a pan-African ICT group with operations in more than 20 African countries through its subsidiaries; with investments in Africa, Europe, South and North America as well as the East Asia Pacific Rim.  

Canadian Solar is a global solar photovoltaic products and energy solutions provider, and one of the largest solar power plant developers. Formed in 2001 in Canada, it’s mission is to foster sustainable development and to create a better and cleaner earth for future generations by bringing electricity powered by the sun to millions of people worldwide.


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