The 858kWp solar carport, which will constitute 3,300 solar panels, will generate 1,256MWh a year – providing clean power to the retail tenants of the 32-acre mixed use development on Nairobi’s Thika Road and shade for shoppers’ cars.
A carport is a roofed, wall-less shed used to offer limited protection to cars from the sun’s ultraviolet rays and other elements. Solar carport are increasingly gaining popularity worldwide as they make use of otherwise functionless rooftops.
Solarcentury said on Thurday the innovative system would operate in a “dual mode”, allowing it to provide backup power when the grid is down and a steady supply of power during the day to reduce demand from the grid when it is operational.
The project, whose value is yet to be disclosed, will be financed under Solar4Africa, a 12 year financed plan that seeks to enable Garden City to overcome barriers that frequently affect commercial solar projects, he said.
The deal comes shortly after Solarcentury announced it had delivered a 1MW solar farm – East Africa’s largest ground mount system – for Williamson Tea’s facilities in western Kenya.