Solarcentury has now installed solar PV panels on seven out of eight buildings at the London Distillers site in Athi River, Kenya.Once all 3,188 solar panels have been fitted, the almost 1MWp solar system will generate enough solar electricity to meet half the plant’s annual energy needs.

The solar roof system is underpinned by solar hybrid technology – this sophisticated design means the system can switch between different energy sources. During daylight hours, the plant will be powered by solar, with grid and/or diesel energy as possible. After dark, a mix of grid energy and/or a diesel generator can power the plant, or just diesel if the grid is down.

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. Being able to power the whole building using solar electricity during the day is very impressive – we’re saving money and helping the environment.”

Reducing its reliance on diesel and grid energy will significantly cut London Distillers’ energy bills – the company will save an estimated $180K per year, and this is every year for the lifetime of the system, at least 25 years. Using less grid energy and diesel, by consuming solar electricity instead to meet its energy needs, means London Distillers will also offset 335 tonnes of CO₂ every year.

Guy Lawrence, Director of Solarcentury in East Africa said, “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.”

The system is scheduled to be connected to the grid in late May, 2017.

Solarcentury was selected in May 2016 to design and install the sizeable solar roof system.