Local firm Equator Energy, has commissioned a 1 MW plant near in Tatu City in what is the largest solar farm in the capital, Nairobi.

The plant will include 2,880 solar modules fixed on 5,700 m2, on the roof of the headquarters of Dormans Coffee, a coffee transformer located in Tatu city. The solar panels are connected to each other by at least 15 kilometres of wiring.

The plant is a great contribution towards the sustainable cities initiative as the world moves towards sustainable energy. According to Equator Energy’s engineers, the entire installation will produce 1 MW of power and the solar power plant will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 1,000 tonnes per year.

With a production capacity of 1.4 million kilowatt-hours per year, it is estimated the plant will be able to serve 8,500 people.

Yet top leadership at Tatu city, have grander dreams for solar energy. Tatu City’s Nick Langford said the full plan is to install solar panels on all rooftops at the industrial park, producing up to 30 MW.

He said the power will be distributed for use by homes and businesses within the city. “Residents will enjoy sustained power supply at very minimal costs,” he said.

Equator Energy CEO Sebastian Noethlichs said the installation is one of Kenya’s largest solar power plants.

Tatu City which is under development, covers an area of more than 20 Km2. The development, which is located 23 km from the city centre, will be a self contained urban node with houses, schools, offices, a shopping district, health centres, green spaces, a sports and entertainment complex and an industrial park. Africa Logistics Properties at Tatu Industrial Park is the largest Grade A warehousing in Kenya.

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