MTN SA builds solar panels at its headquarters to become eco-friendly

Charles Molapisi, CEO of MTN South Africa

MTN South Africa plans to install green energy solutions at its headquarters to achieve its own net-zero goals by 2040.

The operator, whose headquarters are on the MTN Group campus in Fairland, west of Johannesburg, said on Friday it is planning a four-phase green energy programme.

The company has issued a tender to transform its headquarters into a “fully green office”.

“Phase 1 involves sourcing alternative energy rooftop and solar parking vendors, and this is part of the company’s broader Project Zero initiative, which is exploring all forms of renewable energy at scale and small-scale.”

The initiative will help MTN cope with Eskom’s load shedding while addressing a “broad spectrum of immediate climate and energy challenges,” CEO Charles Molapisi said in a statement.

MTN’s longer-term net-zero energy project will be implemented in four phases:

  • Plant of phase 1: MTN’s 14th Avenue campus roof and solar carports on parking lots
  • Plant phase 2: Ground-mounted solar array on vacant lot adjacent to 14th Avenue campus
  • Stage 3: Rooftop and ground solar at various other MTN facilities
  • Stage 4: Off-Site Power Wheeling by Renewable Energy Providers

The preferred bidder for Phase 1 is expected to be announced in December.

“The capacity of the facility will be determined by the bidders after considering the availability of roof and parking spaces and their suitability for the purpose of maximum capacity extraction. However, based on current expectations, it is clear that as we move through the phases, this should be more than enough to move towards full energy self-sufficiency of our building and its surroundings, and should give us strong support in our move to embed alternative energy solutions in all that we do we,” said Molapisi.

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MTN is also looking at battery storage solutions to complement solar installations, the company said. – © 2022 NewsCentral Media

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