Tatu City has installed its first solar power plant, in partnership with Equator Energy, to generate renewable energy for the development.
The installation comprises of 2,880 solar modules that have been mounted on 5,700 square meters of roof space at Dormans Coffee’s global headquarters at Tatu Industrial Park. The plant is expected to produce 1.4 million kilowatt-hours per year.
Tatu City’s strategy is to install solar panels on all rooftops at the industrial park, producing up to 30 MW, said Nick Langford, Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer.
“Solar power allows us to contribute to clean energy, which is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Langford said. “The power produced from the solar panels will be distributed for use by homes and businesses within the city. We are proud of this milestone and pleased to know that residents will enjoy sustained power supply at very minimal costs.”
Tatu Industrial Park is zoned for light, non-polluting industries. Companies that have set up at Tatu include Dormans Coffee, Kim-Fay, Unilever, Chandaria Industries, Africa Logistics Properties, Freight Forwarder Kenya, Stecol, and Tianlong. Other developments at Tatu City, a 5,000-acre new city, include schools by Nova Pioneer and Crawford International, as well as more than 5,000 homes under construction and development.
Equator Energy is a Nairobi-based solar energy supplier operating in the Commercial and Industrial space. It designs, finances and operates the solar power plants, allowing client companies to benefit from cheaper, cleaner energy without having to invest in the solar power plants themselves. It owns and operates over 4 MW of solar power plants throughout Africa.