Commercial, industrial, and residential solar provider SolarAfrica has commissioned one of Kenya’s largest solar hybrid systems in Malindi, in East Africa.
The 991kWp system is a PV-diesel hybrid project developed for Kenyan salt producer Krystalline Salt. The system will generate 1.6GWh of clean electricity annually, saving Krystalline around 22% of its electricity costs.
The project was developed in collaboration with SMA subsidiary SMA Sunbelt, using its Fuel Save Controller which complements the diesel generator and works to offset solar’s fluctuating energy source for a harmonised delivery of power.
The project was installed by local Kenyan installers Harmonic Systems, who managed to commission the project two months ahead of schedule. In terms of funding, the project was made possible through the government of Japan’s Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) financing programme that facilitates low-carbon technologies in developing countries.
The solar component of the system allows for a fossil fuel reduction of around 24,000 litres of diesel each year and at the same time a low maintenance solution. It will displace 1,268 tonnes of carbon dioxide and benefit the surrounding Kenyan communities due to job creation during construction phase.
“As the project developer, it has been a privilege to play a part in Kaysalt achieving their sustainability goals, and by making use of the JCM grant, delivering the solar system at the required ROI,” said Johan Pienaar, commercial director of SolarAfrica.