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Huawei lays out plan to help address SA’s energy crisis with solar

  • Huawei was on hand at Solar Power Africa 2023 this week to explain how it aims to address the country’s energy issues, utilising a number of different solar solutions.
  • The company also has two projects underway to serve as a local use case, with one in Johannesburg and the other in Cape Town.
  • Huawei is also planning to debut a range of new solar solutions and devices later today.

This week much of the country’s attention from a government perspective is on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the Mining Indaba, both of which are taking place in Cape Town.

The city bowl is also playing host to the Solar Power Africa conference this week, where clean energy providers are meeting to discuss how to tackle the issues that currently plague South Africa. One of the companies in attendance is Huawei, which is at the event to showcase its FusionSolar offerings, among other things.

We have already seen some of Huawei’s offerings when it comes to addressing the current energy crisis.

This came in the form of its Power-M systems designed for local households and apartments. Now the company is pushing ahead with its plans for more commercial and enterprise-focused initiatives, with solar PV (photovoltaics) playing a major role in this.

Laying out the company’s plans to drive more solar solutions, both in SA and in other key markets, Huawei Digital Power president for Sub-Saharan Africa, Xia Hesheng (pictured above), highlighted a focus on the 4 T’s.

These are Watt, Thermal, Battery, and Bit, Hesheng notes, with Huawei taking an all-encompassing view when it comes to providing clean energy solutions.

“Over its 25 years of operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, Huawei has a deep understanding of the region’s energy and technology requirements. We are committed to utilise Huawei’s digital power energy technologies to build a better Africa and bring clean energy to more people, families, and organisations,” he adds in a press release sent to Hypertext.

When it comes to solar, the company has already run a handful of projects locally to serve as solid use cases.

In Johannesburg for example, its own campus in Woodmead, generates 1 500KWh per day in the first phase of its solar project, with phase two expected to up capacity to 700KW. In the Western Cape, Waterkloof Winery has built a 200KW solar panel system on the rooftop of its buildings, which generates 1 100KWH per day in green energy, the company enthuses.

Huawei is hoping to green-light more of these kinds of projects in future, especially as the current energy crisis shows no signs of improvement in the interim.

“We are happy to see that more enterprises, organisations, and families are actively taking action to change from pure energy consumers to energy producers. We want to use this occasion to call on more stakeholders to join us in this great transformation, let’s use our abundant natural resource, sunshine, to address today’s energy challenges, and in so doing, contribute to a carbon-neutral future,” concluded Hesheng.

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