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Econet Commisions A 466KW Solar Power Plant

It’s official, Econet is really serious to push its solar energy bet. Yesterday, the company commissioned a 466kW solar power plant at its Willowvale complex in Harare. Through its business unit, Distributed Power Africa (DPA), Econet is pushing for people and companies to get off the grid and make solar their primary energy source. Speaking […]

Got Questions About Econet’s Rural Electrification Program, Ugesi Energy? Here Are Some Answers

So now that Ugesi Energy is official, you may have some burning questions that were not detailed in the announcements of the initiative. Here are some of the answers to the questions you may have. Q: How is Ugesi related to Econet? A: Ugesi is a Pan African company within the Econet Energy Group, along with […]

Econet Announces New Rural Electrification Program, Ugesi Energy

As part of Econet’s Re-Imagine Rural initiative which will also fund rural entrepreneurs, Econet has announced a new rural electrification scheme they are calling Ugesi Energy. Ugesi Energy will be the second energy business to be launched by Econet, after DPA Solar. The company will be based in Bulawayo and they have some pretty exciting […]

Econet Energy Company To Have HQ In Bulawayo As Strive Masiyiwa Wants To Stimulate Employment In The City

According to Econet Coporate Communications, Bulawayo is going to be the home of their solar energy business, Distributed Power Africa (DPA). DPA primarily focuses on rooftop solar solutions for both commercial and home consumers. As with all things Econet these days, Econet itself is DPA’s first and biggest customer. From the time they launched last […]

Econet’s Multi-million Dollar Investment In Solar Is Part Of Strive Masiyiwa’s Efforts To Make Zimbabwe Friendly For Investors

Distributed Power Africa (DPA), the solar power business of the Econet Group, has said its Zimbabwean venture will save the country millions of dollars in foreign exchange on electricity power imports and on the costs of the importation of diesel generators and diesel fuel. DPA project director Norman Moyo said DPA had worked with top global […]

Econet responds to market forces, reduces price on its Home Power Station, again

Earlier today the operator announced, on social media, a clearance sale for the HPS which will see the price being reduced by $50 to $49. The offer is valid while stocks last and it becomes the third price reduction for the Power Station since it was first introduced by Econet in 2012.

Econet launches new Connected Lifestyle product, prepares for financial reporting season

According to sources, the event will be for the unveiling of a new Econet Connected Lifestyles product. The Connected Lifestyles ought to sound familiar because it’s the division that deals with products like the Connected Car and Connected Home.

3 ways ZESA can build its own virtual power station, without Dangote

Before any well-planned investments in thermal energy come to fruition, we have to manage what little power we have. Any huge savings on electricity can then be extended to other sectors of the economy and all that power is enough to be termed a virtual power station on its own.

Unboxing Econet’s $99 Home Power Station

Here are some more details on the $99 Econet Home Power Station (HPS) which received a discount recently. The current model of the HPS is being sold on a cash only basis, and it does not have prepaid payment plan as was the case with the first models introduced by Econet Solar.

Econet Services launches Dial-a-Mudhumeni under the EcoFarmer brand

Econet’s EcoFarmer VAS service has introduced a new platform called Dial-a-Mudhumeni. This offers information from agricultural experts via phone. By dialing 144, farmers can get help on livestock, tobacco and agricultural market information. the service costs 30 cents a minute.

Econet wades further into energy business, buys Redan Gas

Local mobile operator Econet Wireless has reportedly bought Redan Gas. This marks Econet’s further investment into energy solutions that will involve the distribution of LP Gas through two plate stoves and composite cylinders.

AfricaCom Awards 2014 nominees: An inspiration for Zim startups?

The 17th edition of the Annual Africa Com conference, the continent’s largest technology gathering is around the corner and with it, the AfricaCom Awards that recognise the continent’s leading tech and telecoms forces. The nominees list (available here) which was released over a week ago, has reaffirmed some operators and tech entities, including those with […]

Econet makes social impact investment in wind energy

  Econet Wireless, through subsidiary Econet Solar International has joined other investors in an initiative led by Danish wind energy group Vestas to build small wind power generators across Africa. The programme, called Wind For Prosperity, aims to provide power to millions of people living in rural areas and small towns beyond the reach of […]

Econet Solar Green Kiosks: the launch

We attended the Econet Solar Green Kiosk launch today which we posted about earlier. The launch took place at the Econet HQ in Harare. The mayor of Harare, Muchadeyi Masunda, officially launched the project. Apart from the main issues we published in the morning, here are a few more details we learnt at the launch: […]

Econet Solar to launch community Green Kiosks

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe will today launch what the company calls the Green Kiosk; basically a kiosk that sells Econet mobile phone accessories, airtime, EcoCash mobile money services, and allows Econet customers to charge their mobile phones for free using solar energy. The launch will take place later today at the company’s headquarters in Harare. From […]

Econet Energy: Well placed to power Southern Africa

Renewable energy is a sector on flux. Global greats like Google have risen to the challenges imposed by global warming and rising demand for energy through investments in sustainable power sources. Solar City is one such company that has benefitted from the energy race; Google has invested $280 million so far in the company. For the sake of continuity let’s think of Econet as our local equivalent of a Google of sorts; in such a scenario Econet Energy has a very solid shot at becoming a regional energy titan.

Press Release: Econet Launches ‘Econet Energy’

Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s largest telecoms company, has launched a ‘green’ campaign that will see the company invest in alternative energies, raising environmental awareness and alleviating the crippling impact of worsening power cuts on service.