Big Kenya car park gets solar system

The car park of a shopping and housing complex in Kenya’s capital is to be topped with 3,300 solar panels. Retail units at Garden City Mall in Nairobi are expected […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The car park of a shopping and housing complex in Kenya’s capital is to be topped with 3,300 solar panels.

Retail units at Garden City Mall in Nairobi are expected to get 1,256 megawatt hours’ (MWh) worth of sun power and cut carbon emissions by around 745 tonnes a year.

Once built, the installer British solar business Solarcentury believes it will be Africa’s largest solar-powered carport.

Dr Dan Davies, Director for Solarcentury in East Africa said: “Installing the panels on the roof of a car park makes use of otherwise functionless roof space.

“The technology is also being used in East Africa’s largest ground mount system for Williamson Tea in Kenya, reducing the company’s energy bills by around a third.”

Funding for the project comes from NVI Energy’s Solar4Africa, a commercial solar business which works on Power Purchase Agreements.