DPA scores 4MW solar power contract in Kenya

DPA CEO Norman Moyo with Devki officials at the signing of the energy company's biggest contract yet

Distributed Power Africa (DPA), a unit of Cassava Technologies, has won a contract to install 4MW of power at Devki Steel Mills in Kenya, in the renewable energy company’s biggest project yet.

DPA and EDF, the French multinational electric utility, have signed an agreement with the Devki Group to provide renewable energy solutions for Devki’s factory based at Nairobi. DPA Kenya will first deploy a 4MWp rooftop solar plant at the Ruiru Devki steel manufacturing site.

Norman Moyo, CEO of DPA said: “DPA Kenya has met a huge success after only one and half year of activity and has become a major player with a wide range of industries and services sites in operation. Our objective is to meet our clients’ needs with a tailor-made service and state-of-the-art offers. It is an inspiring example of our ambitions in Eastern and Southern Africa for our C&I clients.”

The Devki Group is one of the largest manufacturers of Steel, Roofing Sheets and Cement in Kenya. With several factories spread across the country, the Devki Group’s decision to switch to renewable energy will reduce their operating costs and carbon footprint. This solar rooftop project is a first-of-its-kind in Kenya and will generate 6.16 GWh of power per annum for Devki’s operations.

Narendra Raval, Executive Chairman of the Devki Group of Companies, said: “We are looking forward to making our operations sustainable to allow for greater efficiency, business continuity during power outages and cost savings.”

DPA Kenya will execute the 4MWp project in Ruiru through a 20-year lease agreement with the Devki Group. The company will finance, design, deploy, operate and maintain this solar plant which is the first of other solar projects under study for The Devki Group.