By Etaarifa Contributor
Two solar roof systems combined with a carport system will be built at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (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 will design the systems and will be the EPC contractor (engineer, procure, construct), also with responsibility for O&M for the next 5 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.
“Through this project, icipe’s goal is to create a sustainable energy supply and to reduce diesel fuel dependency by constructing solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants at its Duduville Campus headquarters in Kasarani, Nairobi, and at the icipe Thomas Odhiambo Campus on the shores of Lake Victoria.” said icipeDirector General,Dr Segenet Kelemu.
Funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the scheme is part of the icipe Greening Project, which, in addition to renewable energy, includes energy saving initiatives and water conservation measures, with the overall aim of reducing the Centre’s carbon footprint and making its operations more environmentally friendly.
Guy Lawrence, Director at Solarcentury in East Africa said, “In the last two years in Kenya, we have built one of the largest solar farms in east Africa for a tea farm, as well as a solar carport on the roof of a brand new Mall in Nairobi. Now we are bringing our world-class engineering expertise to develop three systems, including what we believe to be the largest battery storage system for solar in east Africa. The awarding of this contract means that Solarcentury will have built the three largest PV systems in Kenya.
We are always keen to work with organisations who want to improve the sustainability of their operations, and we’re pleased to be able to help organisations save money too. icipe’s mission of safeguarding the environment aligns with our own mission to alleviate climate change.”
Work on site will commence in July 2016 and the systems are expected to be generating solar electricity by October 2016.
Solarcentury is one of the most respected solar companies in the world. Founded in 1998, it has been around since the early days of the solar industry and have been part of the evolution that has made PV the attractive investment it is today. It has put solar on a greater variety of sites than any other company in the industry, and has won multiple awards for product innovation.
Solarcentury works directly with its clients to design and install commercial, industrial and utility scale solar. It also supply’s products and services to installers and distributors. All of our customers benefit from our experience in terms of engineering quality, superior yields and sheer breadth of deployment
It aims in helping solar PV change the world for the better and contribute 5% of the net profits every year to the charity founded, SolarAid, which aims to eradicate kerosene lamps from Africa by 2020.
Solarcentury business is global and growing, with offices in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Chile, Panama and Mexico.
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) was established in 1970 in direct response to the need for alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management strategies in Africa.
With its headquarters in Nairobi Kenya, icipe is mandated to conduct research and develop methods for pest control that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities.
icipe’s mission further extends to the conservation and utilisation of Africa’s rich insect biodiversity. icipe focuses on sustainable development, including human health as the basis for development, and the environment, as the foundation for sustainability.
Working through a holistic and integrated approach through the 4H paradigm – Human, Animal, Plant and Environmental Health – icipe aims at improving the overall well-being of communities in tropical Africa by addressing the interlinked problems of poverty, poor health, low agricultural productivity and degradation of the environment.