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Kenyan village installs solar PV desalination plant

Kenya has built its first solar-powered farm, converting ocean water into potable water, which aims to reduce problems relating to access to clean water.

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The system is situated in close proximity to the Indian Ocean in the village of Kiunga on the Eastern coast of Kenya. It is a region which has seen extreme drought for many years and denying the 3,500 residents access to hygienic drinking water, Construction Review Online reported.

The project has been headed up by the non-governmental organisation, Give Power.

Solar water farm

Construction Review Online further reported that the system will harvest enough solar energy to produce 50 kilowatts of energy and power for two water pumps that run 24 hours a day and it turns salty water safely into drinkable water.

It is expected to provide 20 years of access to clean water and benefit over 25,000 people daily.

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President of GivePower, Hayes Barnard, commented: “Humanity needs to take swift action to address the increasingly severe global water crisis that faces the developing world.

“With our background in off-grid clean energy, GivePower can immediately help by deploying solar water farm solutions to save lives in areas throughout the world that suffer from prolonged water scarcity.”

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.