Kenya's first floating PV plant put into operation
Post date: 07/04/2021 - 08:47
German Ecoligo GmbH has completed the first floating solar plant in Kenya. The 69 kilowatt system provides clean energy to the sustainable Rift Valley Roses flower farm and floats on one of the farm's water reservoirs, saving space. The system complements another 75 kW solar system which has been installed on a rooftop in 2019. The farm can now meet 60 percent of its electricity needs through solar power.
According to the company, the cost of electricity in developing countries like Kenya is »enormously high, so some residents can't afford electricity at all.« Many businesses also struggle with high electricity prices. Most solar plants would still be installed on rooftops, with some on open spaces. Using floating solar arrays on reservoirs or other bodies of water, for example, would not only save a lot of space, but could also »reduce problems from water evaporation or algae blooms.« In addition, the cooling effect of the water increases the efficiency of the systems.
Luxor supplied the modules for the flower farm, Isigenere the floating mounting technology, Kaco the inverters, and Meteocontrol is responsible for remote monitoring. The project was implemented with the participation of the German Energy Agency (Dena) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the Dena Renewable Energy Solutions Program funded by the German government's »Export Initiative Energy«. According to Ecoligo, the company has so far financed 62 such projects in developing countries via crowdinvesting by private investors.