Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with SolarAfrica to supplement the local grid that powers the company’s Johannesburg (JNB1) data centere campus scheduled to open in July with renewable energy.

This investment is expected to further drive the creation of renewable energy in the southern African region by supporting the expansion of SolarAfrica’s De Aar solar project.

The Northern Cape province in South Africa is considered one of the most abundant solar sites in the world. Within SolarAfrica’s larger solar farm, Vantage’s investment will support the production of 87MWp of renewable energy and is forecast to reduce the emission of CO2 in the region by an additional 3,8-million tons over the lifetime of the agreement.

On its completion, Vantage’s Johannesburg data centre campus will have 80MW of IT capacity, of which up to 33% is expected to be supported by the solar farm. The campus, located in the thriving business and data center ecosystem of Waterfall City, is situated on 12 hectares and will feature three facilities across 60 000 square meters once fully developed.

“Vantage’s investment in SolarAfrica’s De Aar project reaffirms our continued commitment to sustainability and our drive to reach net zero by 2030,” says Justin Jenkins, chief operating officer of EMEA and president: UK of Vantage Data Centers. “Not only will energy from this investment be used to power our Johannesburg campus, but it will also serve as another example of using solar-driven energy across the data center industry.

“In the near term, solar energy faces increasing demand, driving prices higher across South Africa. This investment, however, will ensure a stable price for our customers.”

Charl Alheit, director of SolarAfrica, comments: “With climate change being the defining challenge of our time, it’s crucial that we accelerate our carbon mitigation efforts to transform our planet into a sustainable green economy.

“We are continually driven to assist our customers in reaching their green energy goals while saving them money in the process. The rollout of the 87MWp solar farm for Vantage’s campus, which will be one of the largest in South Africa, is an exciting step for us as we gear up to help even more businesses save with cheaper, cleaner energy through wheeling.”