The importance of this new facility was marked on Monday, 23th of October, 2016, in a launch ceremony for the new Kenya Power substation at EADC. In attendance to the launch were Hon. William Kabogo, Kiambu County Governor, the CEO of Kenya Power, Dr Ben Chumo, the CEO of Liquid Telecom Kenya, Mr Ben Roberts, and EADC CEO Mr Dan Kwach. EADC has gone greener in global competitive advantage, many thanks to Kenya Power’s energy mix.
The $5 million Kenya Power substation, will Kenya moving to moves to renewable energy that has emerged as a competitive advantage for energy-intensive businesses. East Africa Data Centre is a facility set up to provide an environment to ensure the continuous running of communication equipment and application systems. The Data Centre is designed to ensure it provides the highest levels of availability to customers.
EADC hosts critical data for clients. These include cloud services, and data back-up, on servers for heavy energy users. Combining data into a single premise is far more energy efficient compare to multiple individual on-site data servers. It is worth noting that data centers are still heavy energy users.
EADC is a carrier-neutral data Centre in Nairobi. It is the largest and most sophisticated in East Africa, offering secure and reliable space for dedicated hosting, collocation, interconnect services, network-based services, applications, disaster recovery, and cloud services. A Tier Three data Centre is built to international standards and it is the only purpose is to build data Centre in East Africa. EADC is an independent company within The Liquid Telecom Group with a dedicated management team system.
It is reported that Kenya’s Data centers Kenya last year consumed 7,800,000 MwH of electricity. 4,000,000 MwH was consumed by large and medium commercial and industrial users. EADC uses just one out tens of thousands of industrial electricity consumption. This is about 410 MwH
Globally, data centers are now consuming some 3 per cent of the world’s total electricity supply. Their power consumption is growing at about 4 per cent a year. This is driven by some of the world’s largest data Centre users, like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, as well as IBM and Microsoft.
This has put pressure on for policy makers, with Google’s electricity consumption, alone, almost twice each year, and now running at around 3.2 Gw. In the US, analysts now estimate that the 91bn KwH and $9bn of electricity that data centres were consuming in 2013, will have become 139bn KwH and $13.7bn of electricity by 2020. These prompt a need for an extra 17 power plants.
“As the growth and power hungry nature of data centers has moved into the public eye, there has been an increasing focus on data centers sourcing energy from renewable energy sources, so that they are not contributing to global warming,” said EADC CEO Dan Kwach.
He added that, it has seen the world’s data centers required, increasingly, to demonstrate their green credentials to win international clients.
Though there are more opportunities in data across the world, Marty Ward and Sean Derrington, article on IT today, wrote that, Data center managers are caught between a rock and a hard place. This is so because they are expected to do more than ever, including protecting rapidly expanding volumes of data and a growing number of mission-critical applications, managing highly complex and wildly heterogeneous environments, meeting more challenging service level agreements (SLAs), and implementing a variety of emerging “green” business initiatives.
Challenge for data centers, globally, has few options exist to generate enough renewable energy for Centre individually. However, two-thirds of Kenya’s electricity now is generated from renewable sources. The country has therefore moved into a leading position in clean power, compared with other African nations and global energy mixes.
UK, renewable energy now accounts for around 25 per cent of the electricity supply. South Africa, it accounts for less than 10 per cent, Egypt is working to meet a target of 20 per cent of its electricity sourced from renewable energy by 2020, and Ghana to reach a target of 10 per cent. EADC’s shift to more Kenya Power electricity push it up the ‘green’ ladder as a green data Centre, powered by a higher percentage of renewable energy than other data centers in Africa, and making it more appealing for environmentally consciously global..
Before the launch of substation, EADC was using Kenya Power electricity for 85 per cent of the time, and diesel-fuelled back-up generators for the other 15 per cent of the time, during national grid power outages.
The new substation means East Africa’s largest, and most sophisticated data Centre, based in Nairobi, is now on mains electricity 97 per cent of the time, substantially cutting its diesel consumption, and raising its green credentials. The move to secure 97 per cent availability of Kenya Power’s remarkably green electricity has now positioned the data Centre as an exceptionally sustainable option, offering it a competitive advantage over data centers elsewhere in Africa according to CEO Mr Kwach.