Africa Data Centres: Africa Data Centres signs 20-year PPA for solar

Mar 14, 2023 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Africa Data Centres (ADC) has announced the signing of a new 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Distributed Power Africa (DPA) to procure solar energy for its South African operations.

Through the deal, the company will be supplied via wheeling, which occurs by delivering renewable energy to a customer via existing distribution or transmission networks. Part of the energy that ADC receives will derive from the solar farm DPA is developing, located near Bloemfontein.

Speaking about the deal, Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres, said that the agreement will help customers “benefit” from a sustainable data center.” Durvasula said that although data centers are the foundation of the digital transformation process in Africa, they also require reliable, cost-effective, and preferably green power to operate. “Our partnership with DPA will also help in reducing our reliance on the strained South African national grid, enabling us to play our part in alleviating the current energy challenges facing the country,” he said. 

Norman Moyo, CEO of DPA, added: “Our customers are looking for cost-effective and efficient ways of meeting their green targets and reducing energy costs for their businesses in a climate of increased power shortages. We are excited to embark on this milestone project with Africa Data Centres as it will demonstrate our innovation in deploying renewable energy solutions.”

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