So­lar plant to save Nairobi ware­house Sh12 mil­lion yearly

Business Daily (Kenya) - - MARKET PLACE - Lynet Igad­wah lig­ad­wah@ke.na­tion­media.com Pre­vi­ous suc­cess­ful un­der­tak­ings by So­lar­century in­clude Africa’s largest so­lar car­port at Nairobi’s Gar­den City Mall

So­lar en­ergy firm So­lar­century East Africa has in­stalled a 506 kwp hy­brid so­lar pho­to­voltaic (PV) plant at Africa Lo­gis­tics Prop­er­ties (ALP), a Bri­tish ware­house de­vel­op­ment re­cently com­mis­sioned in Nairobi.

The so­lar sys­tems mounted on the rooftop of ALP’S three ware­houses con­sists of 1,840 so­lar PV pan­els and ten so­lar PV in­vert­ers that are ex­pected to cut reliance on the en­ergy from the grid and diesel gen­er­a­tors.

They are ex­pected to gen­er­ate 800,000 kwh an­nu­ally, sav­ing the ten­ants of ALP up to Sh12 mil­lion per year.

“We are al­ways keen to work with or­gan­i­sa­tions who want to im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity of their op­er­a­tions, and we’re pleased to be able to help pri­vate com­pa­nies to save money too,” said Guy Lawrence, Direc­tor at So­lar­century in East Africa.

So­lar­century is the en­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion con­trac­tor and the as­set will be man­aged by ALP.

The in­stal­la­tion at ALP took five months and is the sev­enth hy­brid sys­tem the Bri­tish com­pany has de­signed and in­stalled in the coun­try.

“ALP’S mis­sion of safe­guard­ing the en­vi­ron­ment aligns with our own mis­sion to al­le­vi­ate cli­mate change through pro­mo­tion of clean en­ergy for all,” said Mr Lawrence (right).

Pre­vi­ous suc­cess­ful un­der­tak­ings by So­lar­century in­clude Africa’s largest so­lar car­port at Nairobi’s Gar­den City Mall and in­stal­la­tion of three so­lar PV plants, with a to­tal ca­pac­ity of 1,154 kwp at the Nairobi-based In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre of In­sect Phys­i­ol­ogy and Ecol­ogy (icipe).

Oth­ers are 1 MWP so­lar PV at Wil­liamson Tea at its Changoi Tea Farm, and in­stal­la­tion of al­most 1 MWP of so­lar roof sys­tem for Lon­don Dis­tillers in Athi River, Kenya.

"So­lar­century were the ob­vi­ous choice for our so­lar power part­ner in Nairobi given their suc­cess­ful track record on large scale projects in Kenya," said Richard Hough, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer ALP.

So­lar power is be­com­ing a pref­er­ence by cor­po­rates ow­ing to its scal­a­bil­ity which means a com­mer­cial scale so­lar sys­tem can be tai­lored to fit the roof space that is avail­able.

Suitable roofs in­clude those found on build­ings like shop­ping malls, ware­houses, fac­to­ries, pub­lic build­ings such as hos­pi­tals, and gov­ern­ment of­fices.

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