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IHS Towers Co-Founder and Interim IHS Nigeria CEO Mohamad Darwish announces investments in renewable energy

Continuing their plans to provide a reliable power source for their African operations, telecoms infrastructure company IHS Towers have announced further investment in renewables. IHS Towers Co-Founder and Interim IHS Nigeria CEO Mohamad Darwish told Engineering News Online that the business have been aiming to overcome challenges in the African market around unreliable electricity grids and a high dependence on diesel.

To do this, Mohamad Darwish stated that IHS Towers are deploying solar panels across an increased amount of their Nigerian sites, in a bid to replace existing generators with greener options. They are also pursuing solar farm opportunities in Rwanda, and are in ongoing negotiations with local officials.

Darwish additionally spoke about further initiatives, including the plan to become “almost diesel neutral” over the next two years in Zambia, as well as reducing diesel usage by charging batteries at sites with national grid connections from the potential surplus of solar energy production.

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IHS Towers Co-Founder and Interim IHS Nigeria CEO Mohamad Darwish announces investments in renewable energy

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  2. 2. IHS eyes offgrid solutions to power up its towers http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/ihs-eyes-offgrid-solutions-to-power-up-its-towers-2016-06-02/rep_id:4136[30/06/2016 16:21:06] sites across Africa. With over $500-million already invested in solar power since 2013, IHS expected its investments to breach the $1- billion mark as power system enhancements continued across IHS’s Africa portfolio, which comprised some 23 300 owned or managed sites across the continent. ADVERTISEMENT “Providing a reliable power supply across our African operations is challenging. High dependence on diesel power coupled with erratic electricity grids impedes our ability to continually power our sites,” IHS Towers cofounder and interim IHS Nigeria CEO Mohamad Darwish told Engineering News Online. IHS was currently deploying solar panels to the bulk of its Nigeria-based sites to augment or partially replace existing power systems in a programme that was delivering “strong results” since its inception late last year. “Nigeria has benefited the most from our green energy initiatives since roughly three-quarters of our sites are based there, although, on a site-for-site basis, all countries are benefiting at a similar rate,” he added. Solar farm opportunities were currently being pursued in
  3. 3. IHS eyes offgrid solutions to power up its towers http://www.engineeringnews.co.za/article/ihs-eyes-offgrid-solutions-to-power-up-its-towers-2016-06-02/rep_id:4136[30/06/2016 16:21:06] ARTICLE ENQUIRY Rwanda in an initiative that could potentially supply power to the national grid in what Darwish described as the first energy swap model to be used in Africa. The telecommunications firm was investigating building a pilot solar farm to supply excess power to Rwanda’s national grid in return for the provision of a commensurate amount of electricity during solar downtime. Negotiations with local stakeholders were ongoing. In Zambia, the group planned to become “almost diesel neutral” over the next two years as focus on ongrid and offgrid solutions, including solar power, intensified. One initiative was the charging of batteries at the sites through the national grid connection or using excess solar energy to ensure the sites reduced their use of diesel power during a grid outage. Currently, 90% of the company’s towers in Zambia were connected to the national grid, with the other 10% offgrid towers based in rural areas, which had a low power demand and could be powered entirely by solar and battery. IHS was investing to employ solar technology at the sites to replace the existing generators.  EDITED BY: CREAMER MEDIA REPORTER EMAIL THIS ARTICLE To subscribe email subscriptions@creamermedia.co.za or click here To advertise email advertising@creamermedia.co.za or click here

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