Kenya's initial floating PV plant took into operation

Apr 7, 2021 11:41 AM ET
  • German Ecoligo GmbH has finished the initial floating solar plant in Kenya. The 69 kilowatt system provides tidy energy to the sustainable Rift Valley Roses blossom farm as well as floats on among the farm's water reservoirs, saving space. The system matches another 75 kW planetary system which has been installed on a roof in 2019. The farm can now satisfy 60 percent of its electrical energy requires via solar energy.

According to the company, the price of power in developing nations like Kenya is "enormously high, so some residents can not afford electricity in any way." Many businesses additionally struggle with high power prices. Most solar plants would still be mounted on roofs, with some on open spaces. Using floating solar arrays on tanks or other bodies of water, for instance, would not just conserve a great deal of room, but can also "minimize issues from water evaporation or algae blooms." On top of that, the cooling effect of the water boosts the performance of the systems.

Luxor supplied the components for the flower farm, Isigenere the floating mounting innovation, Kaco the inverters, and Meteocontrol is responsible for remote surveillance. The project was carried out with the engagement of the German Energy Agency (Dena) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and also Energy as part of the Dena Renewable Energy Solutions Program funded by the German government's "Export Effort Energy". According to Ecoligo, the firm has up until now funded 62 such projects in creating nations through crowdinvesting by private financiers.

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