HACO Industries Kenya Limited has revealed that part of the operations at its facility in Kasarani, Nairobi is now powered by solar PV technology
The development will reportedly help cut energy costs and save the environment.
The 240 kWp solar PV system will replace approximately 40% of the facility’s grid consumption, helping reduce costs and lower its environmental footprint.
Furthermore, the system is expected to generate over 8,200,000 kWh during the system life, saving over 5000 MT of CO2.
The solar PV system was engineered, designed, supplied, installed, tested, and commissioned by Premier Solar Solutions and financed under an operating lease provided by Solarise Africa.
Premier Solar will also provide Operations & Maintenance Services for the solar PV system going forward.
The solar project adopted the highest safety standards to enable robust post-implementation cleaning and maintenance access.
HACO Industries is a leading Kenyan FMCG company that develops/innovates and manufactures high-quality brands in the Personal Care, Hair Care, and Home Care categories.
“HACO is keen on driving the sustainability agenda, and this solar PV system is now able to generate renewable energy that is sustainable and affordable. This is the first phase that has enabled a hybrid system that uses solar during the day for the Plastics Factory and grid power during the night shift. The next phase will entail an enhancement in solar reliability either by powering the second factory i.e. the Cosmetics Factory with solar or extending the use of solar during the night shift for the Plastics Factory by investing in power storage solutions,” HACO MD, Mary-Ann Musangi.
Premier Solar Solutions, the Kenyan subsidiary of Starsight Premier Energy Group, provides end-to-end distributed solar PV solutions to the commercial and industrial (C&I) sector in Kenya.
Also, by the end of 2021, the company will have delivered 18 projects in Kenya, totaling over 12 MW, with a pipeline of a further 20 MW in Kenya to be delivered in 2022.
Expansions into Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda are planned for 2022 and 2023.