Serena Hotels and Mettle Solar OFGEN have officially opened “Kenya’s First Fully Solar Powered Lodge.”
Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge, located in Tsavo West National Park, implemented a fully-fledged solar power plant to provide for its entire power requirements and enhance environmental sustainability.
The solar power plant was installed under a lease arrangement and produces 307kWp utilizing SMA Solar off-grid technology with the capacity to supply Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge’s total energy requirements during normal weather conditions.
During adverse weather, additional energy needs are met using synchronized diesel generators, which were previously the main source of energy before the commissioning of the solar plant in July 2017.
Mr. Thorsten Ronge, Managing Director, SMA Solar Technology South Africa said: “The projects focus on secure and environmentally friendly energy supply is testament to SMA’s vision of ‘generating energy where it is needed’. We are proud that our Sunny Island battery inverters, which have been shipped to the world for nearly twenty years to generate clean and reliable electricity in remote locations, form the heart and brain of Kilaguni’s off-grid solar installation.”
According to the solar power plant data records, 467 tons of carbon dioxide has been avoided since the last 15 months of installation. To extract this carbon dioxide from the environment naturally within 10 years 37,399 trees need to be planted. The solar power plants complement the Serena East Africa tree planting initiative that has taken place for over two decades.
Texas startup, Elec trip founded in 2018 aims to add luxury and convenience to regional commutes between major Texas cities by providing transportation in Teslas.
Mandeep Patel, a University of Texas at Austin student, had the idea for the company just about a year ago while completing an internship. Patel had the company up and running just a few months later.
ElecTrip’s no-compromise solution is cost effective, comfortable, and carbon neutral.
“One thing we really pride ourselves on is being sustainable, energy-efficient, and having no emissions,” Lee says.
ElecTrip offers door-to-door service for their customers, who can customize pickup and drop-off locations in any major Texas city. The company has eight routes between Houston, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. Prices range from $249.99 to $429.99, but customers can opt to share rides to cut down on cost, with cars seating three to five riders.
Less than a year old it has already coordinated hundreds of rides, according to the website. While starting the company while still juggling classes — Lee expects to graduate from UT in 2020, while Patel is graduating this year — Lee says being a student-run startup has its perks.