UK’s solar company Solarcentury is to install an almost 1MWp roof solar system that will generate enough solar electricity to power London Distillers’ building in Athi River, Kenya in a move that will see the firm offset the need for grid energy, save $180K per year for at least the next 25 years during the lifetime of the system.
Solarcentury’s deal with London Distillers’ make it the fourth solar hybrid system Solarcentury has designed and installed in Kenya after the Williamson Tea, Garden City mall carport and recently at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe).
The new system will be connected to the grid and generating clean solar electricity by the end of the year and will be paid for in six years.
Mohan Galot, Chairman of London Distillers comments, “We are always looking for ways to improve the cost efficiency of our operations and protect the environment, and investing in solar presented us with a solution for both these ambitions.”
London Distillers will power the whole building using solar electricity during the day and expects to save money and help the environment.
Guy Lawrence, Director of Solarcentury in East Africa commented, “We are excited to be delivering the largest commercial rooftop solar system in East Africa. This solar investment makes London Distillers a pioneer company in the manufacturing sector and also demonstrates a genuine commitment to reducing its environmental impact.
At International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology(icipe), Solarcentury is installing three solar PV plants, with a total capacity of 1154kWp. Two solar roof systems combined with a carport system will be built at the icipe Duduville Campus in Nairobi. The third solar roof system will be built at the icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus, in western Kenya, which will be combined with battery storage.
Solarcentury is designing the systems and is the EPC contractor (engineer, procure, construct), also with responsibility for O&M for the next five years. The project will be delivered by Solarcentury’s East Africa office, comprising a team of eight based in Nairobi, with support from the head office team in the UK.