06 March 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Liquid Telecom is moving to 100% renewable power for its data centre in Nairobi, saying up to $44,000 in fuel each year.
The East Africa Data Centre (EADC) already uses 72.6% of its
power from renewable sources, general manager Dan Kwach told
Kenyan media, but the company will move to 100% by the end of
EADC is turning to Distributed Power Africa (DPA) – a
sister company within the Zimbabwe-based Econet group
– for the green energy project.
Norman Moyo, CEO of DPA, told the Star newspaper in
Kenya: "This solar project is a 25-year asset that is specially
designed for mature telco processes and systems, and through
our operational management, maximise the output against its
expected lifespan." DPA will install solar panels on the
EADC’s rooftop, pathways and car park.
Solar energy is about two-thirds the cost of electricity from
diesel-powered generators in Kenya. Diesel-sourced electricity
costs $0.18 per kilowatt-hour. The feed-in-tariff for solar
energy connected to the grid is just $0.12/kWh. (The average
cost of electricity in the UK is just under $0.20/kWh.)