Built by the German Energiebau Solarstromsysteme GmbH company, the 515 kWp photovoltaic system has transformed UNEP’s new administration block into the first climate-neutral building in Africa.
According to the managing director of Energiebau Mr Michael Schäfer, Energiebau installed the photovoltaic system for UNEP in close co-operation with and incorporating German solar technology from SMA Solar Technology AG, SCHOTT Solar and Kaneka of Japan.
In mid-2010, Energiebau Solarstromsysteme GmbH won the contract for the project, which had a three-month installation phase.
“Photovoltaics is developing into an important factor for the climate-neutral architecture of the future,” the Managing Director of Energiebau Michael Schäfer explained.
With a view to creating a broader impact across the region, Mr Schäfer said further systems will be put into operation through the development partnerships in Kenya and Tanzania, so as to demonstrate the many ways in which solar energy sources can be used.