Distributed Power Africa (DPA) Zimbabwe has been on an aggressive nationwide initiative to increase access to energy, through the installation of solar solutions for commercial & industrial businesses.
In the detailed 2020 National Budget Statement, recently presented by Minister of Finance & Economic Development Prof. Mthuli Ncube, DPA’s solar installations were recognised for contributing to national energy security. Among others, the Schweppes 1MW, the Surrey Meats 118kW and the Kefalos 600kW solar plants were mentioned by name, with ZESA having been said to be ‘minimising generation losses through interventions like switching to solar by corporates”.
DPA’s has secured more than 120 MW of projects in Zimbabwe with more than 30 MW of these already installed or at an advanced stage of deployment including solar farms, manufacturers, banks, office blocks, telecoms and mines.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic having caused lockdowns, the company has constructed a number of sizeable customer projects this year, with some reputable names amongst these being Total, Delta, UNESCO, Stanbic, Schweppes Beitbridge, Luxaflor Rose Farm, St Gobain and others. DPA recently announced their largest project to date, a 1.8 MW plant under construction in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands, which is scheduled to be completed by August.
In support of the Zimbabwe Government’s efforts to increase energy generation, DPA Zimbabwe CEO, Divyajeet Mahajan had this to say: “Solar energy has the capacity to increase the country`s power supply and reduce dependency on energy imports from neighbouring countries, and as such DPA will be ramping up its deployment of commercial solar projects in support of improving energy delivery into the country. We appreciate government’s efforts in facilitating a legislative and regulatory framework that enables us to contribute in the power sector.”
DPA has also demonstrated their commitment to support and engage local suppliers in Zimbabwe through an ongoing selective bidding process of engaging local vendors for technical support in their project installations. The 1MW Schweppes Willowvale project is one such example where over 60 skilled technicians were employed on the construction of the project in partnership with a local vendor.
“Our initiatives also encourage growth throughout the country’s supply chain, from manufacturers of solar system accessories, built structures, all the way to smart energy ICT technology,” added Mr Mahajan.
DPA is a pan African energy company with operations in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, DRC and Kenya. The company offers solar financing options over and above engineering, procurement, installation and maintenance.