600kWp Grid Tie at Strathmore University
The 600 kWp grid connected Solar PV rooftop was completed and commissioned in June 2014. This project now caters for all the electricity needs of the university and excess power is sold to the national grid under the first signed power purchase agreement (PPA) with Kenya Power. The system is a pilot for electricity net metering in Kenya and serves as a demonstrational unit for practical training of professionals, Solar technicians and students.
KWS Kisite Ranger Outpost
The Mpungti Island outpost is used by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to patrol the Kistite Marine Park and Natur Reserve area. To appreciate the protective work of the KWS, Strathmore Energy donated a small 200 Watt PV system for the outpost. Officers on duty can now use basic electrical utilities like lighting, television, cell phone and radio charging. As with all SERC pilots, the project was accompanied by a Solar PV training for a group of KWS officers who were also actively involved in the installation of the PV system. See gallery.
10 kWp Solar Carport System
With the support of the German Development Cooperation, SERC has also commissioned a 10kWp grid-tied carport system at the university campus. This system not only provides additional energy but also serves as an example for architectural integration of Solar PV.
Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) funded by USAID in collaboration with GIZ and SERC are championing the implementation of the Solar PV outreach training. In two years over six hundred technicians were trained with the T1,T2 course. With technical and logistic assistance by SERC, more than dozen Technical Training Institutes implemented Solar PV training (T1,T2) at their facilities. In two years over six hundred technicians were trained as Solar installers in various Kenyan counties.
Solar Street Lighting in Kakuma Refugee Camp
A field study was carried out for the GIZ to assess the required number and best location of Solar powered street lights for the Kakuma Refugee Camp. The aim was to provide a detailed plan including GPS coordinates for an envisaged street lighting system. The study included a viability assessment of solar stand alone street lights, risk analysis and recommendations on the most suitable approach for each specific area. A detailed bill of quantities and cost estimates enabled GIZ to decide on the most relevant approach and the financial dimensions for the procurement and installation of a solar street lighting system.