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.