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As part of a 30MW strategy for Tatu City real estate developer Rendeavour has installed its first solar power plant in Kenya.

Tatu City is a 5,000-acre mixed-use development with homes, schools, offices, a shopping district, medical clinics, nature areas, a sport and entertainment complex, and a manufacturing area for more than 150,000 residents.

The city’s first solar power plant – installed on the roof of Dormans Coffee’s global headquarters at Tatu Industrial Park – provides 1MW of electricity.

Installation of the entire plant, including 15km of cables, took only six days to complete. The installation is in line with Rendeavour’s long-term commitment to environmental conservation through harnessing renewable energy sources.

According to the developer, schools and businesses are already open at Tatu City, and a range of houses are under construction to suit all incomes.

Located in Kiambu County, Tatu City represents a new way of living and thinking for all Kenyans, creating a unique live, work and play environment that is free from traffic congestion and long-distance commuting. Read more: $2.2m committed for two solar projects in Kenya

“Tatu City’s strategy is to install solar panels on all rooftops at the industrial park, the largest in East Africa,” said Nick Langford, Kenya Country Head for Rendeavour, Tatu City’s owner and developer.

“Solar power allows us to contribute to clean energy, which is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Langford said. “The power produced from the solar panels will be distributed for use by homes and businesses within the city. We are proud of this milestone and pleased to know that residents will enjoy sustained power supply at very minimal costs.”

Tatu Industrial Park is zoned for light, non-polluting industries. Leading international, regional and local companies are positioning their business at Tatu City for growth in East Africa and beyond. They include Dormans Coffee, Kim-Fay, Unilever, Coopers K-Brands, Chandaria Industries, Freight Forwarder Kenya, Stecol, and Tianlong.

Backed by CDC Group and International Finance Corporation, Africa Logistics Properties at Tatu Industrial Park is the largest Grade A warehousing in Kenya. The development is expected to attract tens of thousands of day visitors.