Kenya: Moi International airport to be solar powered

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UK-based solar company, Solarcentury has signed a contract with the International Civil Aviation Organization to install solar PV systems at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya.

The 500kW solar PV system will generate 820,000 kWh per year and offset 1,300 tons of CO₂ annually.

Jonny Andersen, Managing Director for Kenya Airports Authority said in a statement: “We are excited to be the premier airports authority in the region to have the solar PV system installed. The expected savings on electricity as well as the reduction in carbon emissions will contribute towards the efficient operations of Moi International Airport.”

As part of the installation of the solar PV system, Solarcentury will also install airport gate electrification equipment consisting of a mobile electric-powered pre-conditioned air unit and an electric 400 Hz Ground Power Unit converter.

The solar PV system will also power the gate equipment which, in turn, will supply pre-conditioned air and compatible electric power respectively to aircrafts docked at passenger boarding bridges.