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Solar energy provider Distributed Power Africa (DPA) has signed an agreement with the Indian beverage company Varun Beverages in Zimbabwe. The agreement covers the installation of a 2.5 MWp solar power plant at the Varun Beverages’ Simon Mazorodze bottling plant in the capital Harare.
The Simon Mazorodze plant fills PepsiCo-branded soft drinks. The implementation of the new rooftop solar power system is intended to reduce energy costs and manage a consistent power supply for the bottling plant.
According to Vijay Bahl, Managing Director of Varun Beverages Zimbabwe, the energy cost savings through the solar plant will allow Zimbabwean consumers to buy Pepsi products at an affordable price. The solar power plant is expected to reduce nearly 2,500 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
The solar photovoltaic system mounted will be the largest roof-mounted at Varun Beverages’ bottling plant is the largest roof-mounted solar plant installed in Zimbabwe to date. The bottler company is set to benefit from business continuity during power outages and reduce its carbon footprint.
Distributed Power Africa, launched in 2011, is a subsidiary of Econet Global. The company leads in innovative solar energy solutions and has operations in the countries like Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, the DRC, Ivory Coast, Togo, etc.
Divyajeet Mahajan, DPA Zimbabwe’s CEO, said the company is looking forward to assisting commercial and industrial customers to shift to eco-friendly power solutions that drive down their energy costs and meet their commitments to protect the environment. This would inspire other energy-intensive sectors in Zimbabwe to shift towards more efficient and sustainable power solutions like solar.