Africa Data Centres initiates solar farm project in South Africa

Africa Data Centres, part of Cassava Technologies, has started the construction of a solar farm in Free State, South Africa, in partnership with DPA Southern Africa. This project is in accordance with a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) inked with DPA Southern Africa, a collaborative venture between the French utility EDF. The objective of the solar farm is to provide renewable energy to Africa Data Centres’ facilities, commencing with its CPT1 data center in Cape Town.

Hardy Pemhiwa, President and Group CEO of Cassava Technologies, emphasized the project’s role as a pioneering effort in tackling South Africa’s energy challenges with sustainable solutions, signaling a noteworthy advancement in the data center sector’s adoption of eco-friendly practices. Tesh Durvasula, CEO of Africa Data Centres, reiterated the company’s commitment to leveraging renewable energy sources, beginning with a 12MW solar infrastructure to energize the Cape Town data center, with intentions to extend to Johannesburg facilities in the future.

Nawfal El Fadil, CEO of DPA SA, commended the initiative for aligning with the mutual dedication of the companies to sustainability and carbon neutrality. He underscored the significance of innovation and cooperation in realizing these objectives. The endeavor mirrors Africa Data Centres’ aspiration to emerge as the most environmentally conscious colocation provider on the continent. This aspiration is backed by its ISO50001 certification for energy management and a broader aim to attain net-zero status across all its facilities.

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