At the Nakuru farm of United Selections, the installation of a solar system has started. The planned photovoltaic system with a total capacity of 110 kWp will power the 4 ha farm. As a result, not only the electricity costs but also the company's CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 113 tonnes of CO2 per year.
"We are breeding new roses varieties for many flower farms in the area and have become aware of ecoligo through one of these farms, and in May of this year, we participated in the inauguration of the solar plant at Rift Valley Roses, implemented by ecoligo. Having seen the system working and having learned more about the advantages of solar energy, our team was convinced of the implementation of our own solar system”, says Jelle Posthumus, CEO of United Selections.
"We want to be more self-sufficient in energy, and run an environmentally friendly business. In this way, we want to take responsibility and contribute to a "greener" world. Where possible, we try to move to energy-saving and/or water-saving measures. For example, soon we also want to implement an ultrafiltration system to reduce our use of water and fertilizer."
The data is automatically recorded and analyzed. This enables ecoligo, who monitors the production of the solar system via remote monitoring, together with general contractor Yingli Namene who also manages the local maintenance, to ensure that the project runs smoothly and the end customer receives the forecasted amount of electricity.
Cheaper and environmentally friendly
Kenya has one of the highest levels of sunshine worldwide. The use of solar energy is environmentally friendly and cheaper than the electricity from the grid. “For commercial and industrial customers in Kenya, therefore, the use of solar energy offers a cost-effective alternative to the power supply from the public grid, where prices have recently increased by 20%”, says Martin Baart, CEO ecoligo GmbH.
“We have already funded and realized several solar panels at flower farms in Kenya, and we are delighted to hear from our satisfied customers, which has brought us into contact with United Selections, and we look forward to working with United Selections."