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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After Five Years of Drought, Kenyan Region Finally Gets Clean Water Thanks to Solar-Powered Saltwater Plant – Kenya
Spotted: The people living in the Kenyan fishing village of Kiunga have been forced to drink, cook and bathe in contaminated, brackish water for years. Last year, NGO GivePower installed a solar water farm in the village.
Kiunga’s location along the coast makes it an ideal site for the desalination farm. Housed in 20-foot shipping containers, it is portable, and its solar panels produce 50 kilowatts of energy – enough to power two water pumps.
Tito Ochieng, the director of water services in Turkana, in the north of the country, said the potential investor – Saudi-owned Almar Water – has already signed a deal to build a $160m (£125m) desalination plant in Mombasa.