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DRC: hybrid solar power gen for telecoms network

Independent renewable power producer, GreenWish Partners, has announced a collaboration that will enable it to supply clean power for Orange’s network of telecommunication towers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Through the alliance, the renewables company and its operational partner Sagemcom, will deploy hybrid solar power generation systems that combine solar, battery and diesel fuel to boost energy efficiency.

Hybrid solar power generation

GreenWish explained in a statement that the first lot of 250 telecom towers will spread throughout the DRC, representing the launch of a new model of electricity supply for Orange in the country.

According to the company, this model, entitled ESCO (Energy Services Company) has already been launched in India and the US.

It consists in outsourcing the investment, installation, modernisation and operational management of electricity generation infrastructure in order to optimise electricity consumption, reliability, environmental impact and the energy costs of the telecom operators.

With its new offer, the clean energy firm intends to equip 10,000 towers with hybrid solar solutions in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020, at an estimated investment of about $800 million.

Energy efficiency target

Commenting on the development, Jean-Michel Garrouteigt, managing director of Orange in the DRC, noted that the venture will enable the company to meet its ambitious energy efficiency targets.

“Using smart hybrid solutions for telecom tower equipment is one of the key development solutions for telecom operators in Africa.

“The DRC is particularly well suited for the deployment of efficient diesel-hybrid technologies, a country where fuel transportation is often unpredictable and expensive due to the poor state of road networks and the huge distances to be travelled,” Garrouteigt said.

GreenWish’s President Charlotte Aubin said: “Our service offerings for telecom operators are based on both GreenWish’s exceptional capabilities in financial engineering and capital mobilisation and the depth of operational experience of our partner Sagemcom.” Read more…

“The signing of this first contract with a leading operator such as Orange in DR Congo is a great success, as it proves that our solution is perfectly adapted to the African context,” Aubin added.


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Babalwa Bungane
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