Kenya

Vipingo’s Sh1.2 billion house project complete – PS Hinga – Kenya

Housing PS Charles Hinga on Saturday said the completion of Awali Estate, a project by Centum Investment Company at Vipingo, three months ahead of schedule, is a boost to investor confidence in local developers.

The PS said the milestone has increased the government’s confidence in local developers, who will be embarking on the government’s Affordable Housing programme.

“We were wondering whether we are ever going to get local developers, who are credible enough, that are going to bite, and Centum did,” said Hinga.

(LINK).

Smart solar-powered water desalination system connected in Kenya – Kenya

Powered entirely by solar energy and battery storage, GivePower’s desalination systems are housed in 20-foot shipping containers and capable of transforming 70,000 litres of brackish and/or seawater into clean drinking water every day.

Unlike most ground well systems, these solar water ‘farms’ produce a higher quality of water over a longer period of time with virtually no negative environmental impact, states the organisation.

The water desalination system is powered by a small solar photovoltaic power plant installed on the container. The micro off-grid plant has a battery-based electricity storage system to enable the installation to provide drinking water after sunset or in bad weather.

(LINK).

Vipingo Development set to transform the Kenyan Coast – Kenya

Driving along the Mombasa-Malindi highway, you will not miss it. You will notice from a far new buildings emerging in the midst of the neat rows of Sisal.

Should you have a minute to spare to visit the project, you will be amazed by both the scale and delightful arrangement of this residential district coming up at Vipingo.

Welcome to Vipingo Development, the new coastal frontier.

(LINK).

Four companies partner to launch Sh435m solar water desalination project in Kenya – Kenya

Arid and semi-arid areas are set to benefit from clean water after four companies partnered to launch a water desalination project worth Sh435 million. 

The Germany-based firms Boreal Light GmbH and AtmosfairegGmbH will work with Water Kiosk Ltd and Bilal Sustainable Development Programme to construct 40 solar water desalination systems in 10 counties facing water shortage.

(LINK).

Kenya Installs the First Solar Plant That Transforms Ocean Water Into Drinking Water – Kenya

Water should not be luxury product, but still in these modern times, one out of nine people doesn’t have access to clean drinking water.

This main issue here is that only around 4% of earth’s water sources are rivers, lakes and drinkable water, the rest is comprised of oceans with salty water.

These are all alarming statistics, but luckily in many such places around the world things are starting to improve thanks to new technologies.

(LINK).

A new solar desalination system to address water scarcity – Kenya

GivePower is launching containerized, solar-powered water desalination and purification plants in Mombasa, Kenya and La Gonave, Haiti this quarter.

Like GivePower’s debut solar-powered microgrid desalination plant, which went live in Kiunga, Kenya in 2018, these new projects will operate with Tesla’s powerwall battery storage technology.

At launch, both of the nonprofit’s new solar water farm projects will produce a maximum of 75,000 liters of water a day by coupling a 50-kW solar system with 120 kW-hrs of Tesla batteries; together this solar plus battery system will power two low-wattage, reverse osmosis desalination pumps that run simultaneously to ensure continuous operation.

(LINK).

Mombasa: grand plans that never happened – Kenya

When Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was sworn in for his final term in office, top in his priority list was the implementation of major projects that were part of the county’s Vision 2035 plan.

He had initiated the projects in 2016 during his first term. Now, with only two years left before he leaves office, the projects exist only on paper.

Some of the projects that were meant to spur economic growth in the county included the establishment of a Sh6.5 billion waste recycling plant, construction of desalination plants at a cost of Sh16 billion, development of a Sh200 billion housing project and the introduction of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. The four are part of the county’s urban re-development plan.

(LINK).

Kenyan village installs solar PV desalination plant – Kenya

The system is situated in close proximity to the Indian Ocean in the village of Kiunga on the Eastern coast of Kenya. It is a region which has seen extreme drought for many years and denying the 3,500 residents access to hygienic drinking water, Construction Review Online reported.

The project has been headed up by the non-governmental organisation, Give Power.

Construction Review Online further reported that the system will harvest enough solar energy to produce 50 kilowatts of energy and power for two water pumps that run 24 hours a day and it turns salty water safely into drinkable water.

(LINK).

Tesla batteries help power new solar water desalination plant in Africa – Kenya

GivePower has deployed a new water desalination plant in Africa using Tesla batteries and solar power that is now providing clean water to thousands of people.

The system has been deployed in Kiunga, a rural village in Kenya where the lack of clean water had people sometimes rely on saltwater wells or even contaminated water.

Desalination is a power-consuming process that is hard to implement in a place where power is already scarce.

(LINK).

Relief as Mtongwe gets solar-powered desalination plant – Kenya

Mtongwe residents can now smile all the way to their kitchens, drink fresh water and kiss their acute water shortage problems goodbye. 

This is after a charitable organisation installed a solar-powered water desalination plant in the area which has been experiencing frequent water shortages forcing residents to travel long distances to fetch salty water.

The plant, installed by Bilal Muslim Mission of Kenya with the support of Borea Light GmbH and the Irene and Friedrich Vorwerk Foundation, can desalinate 2,000 litres per hour and up to 20,000 litres per day.

(LINK).