Tatu City in Kenya has unveiled one of the largest solar plants in the country in collaboration with Equator Energy, to generate renewable energy.This falls in line with the city’s long term plans to harness renewable energy sources for a cleaner environment.
The installation consists of 2,880 solar modules that have been mounted on a roof space of 5,700 square meters at the Dormans Coffee global headquarters at the Tatu Industrial Park.The installation is expected to serve 8,500 people per year, producing 1.4 million kilowatt-hours per year.
The entire installation of the solar plant took only six days and is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by at least 1 kilograms per year.
The power generated from the solar plant will be distributed to homes and businesses within the city wherein residents can enjoy sustained power supply at very minimal costs.
Tatu City’s mission is to install solar panels on all rooftops at the industrial park, the largest in East Africa, said Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer.
As Tatu City grows, Equator Energy CEO Sebastian Noethlichs sees more expansion plans in generating solar power.
Tatu Industrial Park was developed for light and non-polluting industries.A number of international, regional and local companies have established their businesses at Tatu City for growth in East Africa and they include Dormans Coffee, Kim-Fay, Unilever, Chandaria Industries, Africa Logistics Properties, Freight Forwarder Kenya, Stecol, and Tianlong.
The construction of the industrial park has been divided into ten phases and is set for completion by 2022.