One of the biggest rooftop solar projects in East Africa is set to be built on the London Distillers’ factory in Kenya, after solar developers Solarcentury struck a deal with the Nairobi-based drinks firm late last week.
Solarcentury will install a large rooftop system – at almost 1MWp the largest in the Kenyan manufacturing industry – that is expected to generate enough solar electricity to power the entire building during daylight hours.
Installation will begin in the coming weeks and it will start generating energy by the end of the year, Solarcentury said. Over the installation’s lifetime – around 25 years – it is expected to save London Distillers’ $180,000 per year, and offset 335 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Mohan Galot, chairman of London Distillers, said the installation will make the factory operations both cheaper and greener. “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,” he said in a statement. “Being able to power the whole building using solar electricity during the day is very impressive – we’re saving money and helping the environment.”
Solarcentury’s Nairobi team will be managing the development and delivery of the project, with support from the developer’s London headquarters. It is the firm’s fourth solar hybrid project in Kenya – the most recent was a deal struck in March to build two solar roof systems and a carport system at the headquarters of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi.