South Africa—Vodacom Group Limited, a South African mobile communications company, providing voice, messaging, data, and converged services to over 55 million customers has installed powered sites to reduce carbon emissions.
The telecommunication company has invested over R8 million in these solar-powered sites, as part of its ongoing commitment to securing alternative energy sources to power its operation where feasible.
The three sites are in addition to a solar project installed at a base station controller site in Ransburg, Gauteng in May last year. Collectively the three new sites will generate approximately 127 MWh of energy on an annual basis.
This is aimed to reduce the telco’s carbon emissions and lower its electricity consumption. The solar panels will also ease the lead on the site’s batteries in the event of load-shedding, ensuring network reliability, quality, and seamless connectivity for customers.
“As the demand for digital services grows, we will need more energy to keep these services running. In anticipation of this growth, and despite the current economic challenges, we are investing in strategies to decrease our energy consumption while reducing the use of carbon-intensive sources of energy. By reducing our carbon footprint, our aim is to mitigate climate change and its effects on the planet.
“Solar-powered sites are just one of the innovative ways to introduce cleaner, more sustainable energy sources to keep our mobile networks running and our customers connected in an ever-increasing digital society.” Spoke Takalani Netshitenzhe, Executive Director of External Affairs at Vodacom South Africa.
The Solar projects are aligned with Vodacom’s purpose-led journey, in which the company has committed to improve the lives of 100 million people and reduce its environmental impact6 in half by 2025. This is also aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular, SDG 9 on the industry, innovation, and infrastructure.