PRESS RELEASE: SOS Children’s Village Mombasa Goes Solar

14.12.18 News

Recommissioning the SOS Children’s Village in Mombasa Solar Power Plant.

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK) on Friday unveiled a refurbished solar power plant at the SOS Children’s Village in Mombasa.

The facility was originally constructed in 2011 to serve as a lighthouse project to showcase the capabilities of German technology for solar energy – aimed at efficiently managing SOS Children’s Village energy needs and to help the children’s home save money that can be spent on its core mission: supporting children who lack parental care.

“The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is keen on supporting Kenya achieve its target of shifting its energy supply green by 2020. This solar plant not only showcases what German technology has to offer, it will go a long way in providing much needed electricity to SOS Children’s Village Mombasa,” said AHK Head of Competence Center Energy and Environment, Thilo Vogeler.

When the plant was first installed, technology was not yet designed to withstand the ravages of the humidity and salinity in the Mombasa air. Also, the negotiations with the public grid operator didn’t go as planned which resulted the solar power plant producing electricity below its potential.

Renowned Kenyan solar company Knights Energy was brought on board to carry out the repairs on site. A team of Knights Energy’s skilled technicians has been working day and night to make this an early Christmas gift for SOS Children’s Village Mombasa.

Download the full press release below.