Distributed Power Africa to install solar panels in TotalEnergies Zim service stations

ZIMBABWE – Distributed Power Africa, Econet Global subsidiary, has clinched a deal to install solar panels at 15 TotalEnergies Zimbabwe service stations in Zimbabwe

The deal is part of Total’s initiative to install solar-powered service stations across 57 African countries to create a portfolio of low-carbon businesses that will account for at least 20 percent of the energy conglomerate’s trading by 2040. 

Mr. Divyajeet Mahajan, DPA Zimbabwe CEO, said his company was contracted to custom-design the grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, procure equipment and install the power solutions. DPA will also operate and maintain the solar systems on a maintenance agreement.

“We are excited that businesses are taking such big steps towards adopting renewable energy, and we look forward to a great collaboration with Total Zimbabwe as we work on the roll-out of solar power, which is an essential transition to new energies,” said Mr. Mahajan.

At present, DPA has installed and commissioned Total service stations in Rusape, Avondale, Emerald Hill, Westgate and Chisipite.  

The implementation for an additional three service stations in Victoria Falls, Kwekwe and Msasa is in progress, while the rest of the sites are undergoing a power-needs assessment.  

Zimbabwe’s frequent power cuts have increased service stations’ dependence on generator power usage, increasing their operating costs. 

However, Total’s installation of solar panels is expected to reduce the company’s energy dependence on the grid or other energy sources such as diesel generators, by 30 percent. 

DPA, which has been aggressive in engaging commercial and industrial businesses to adopt hybrid clean energy solutions, has in the past few years installed PV solar panels at various institutions in Zimbabwe, including offices, manufacturing plants and residential areas. 

The company uses lithium battery technology to improve energy security, reduce costs and reduce their customers’ carbon footprint.

In early 2021, Ecobank signed an agreement with Distributed Power Africa (DPA) to roll out solar power solutions in its seven branches in Kenya.

The pan African bank has shifted to solar power in a move to reduce operating costs and ensure a reliable power supply.

Ecobank joins the growing list of companies seeking reliable and cheaper power supply in what has rattled electricity distributor Kenya Power amid declining revenues.

DPA has continued to expand its operations in Kenya with completed projects by large power consumers such as Liquid Telkom’s data center in Nairobi and Agha Khan Hospital in Mombasa.

Distributed Power Africa is a market leader in Africa in innovative renewable energy solutions.

it has operations across Africa including in Kenya, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

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