Orange: Orange deploys new solar panels at Ivory Coast data center

Jan 24, 2023 | Posted by MadalineDunn

At its Ivory Coast data center, telco Orange has deployed and commissioned a new solar plant. The facility, built back in 2016, offers 1.3MW of capacity, and is provided with energy from the new photovoltaic power plant for 50 percent of its daytime consumption (7am to 6pm). 

The company shared that while it has only announced the project this month, the plant has been operating since October 2022, and features 781 panels.

Brelotte BA, deputy managing director of Orange Middle East and Africa, said: "This achievement is a first in West Africa for Orange in terms of its size and scope and a fine proof that illustrates our ambition to accelerate our projects related to solar and thus achieve net zero carbon by 2040. This solar power plant and the use of energy purchased from the Compagnie Ivoirienne d'Electricité allows us to achieve a renewable energy rate of 48 percent on the GOS, in line with the ambitions of the Orange Group."

Armand Seya, managing director of West Africa of Butec Energies & Services, added: "This strategic project for the Orange Group is also strategic for the Butec Group, since in line with its ambitions to develop service businesses in Africa, more specifically in renewable energies. Butec Energies & Services reaffirms through the financing, engineering and construction of this work, its desire to support the energy transition in West Africa through reliable and innovative projects."

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