Solarcentury has joined forces with local Kenyan company East African Solar to establish Solarcentury in East Africa. Solarcentury is ready to meet growing demand from East African businesses looking to reduce their reliance on costly diesel power and reliance on the grid.
The new company combines Solarcentury's British engineering excellence and experience of delivering, operating and maintaining solar installations with local industry experience and insight provided by solar industry expert Guy Lawrence. A local team of seven will work alongside Davies and Lawrence to deliver solar projects throughout East Africa.
Dr Dan Davies, Director of Solarcentury in East Africa comments, "Since opening the office in Nairobi almost 18 months ago, we have made significant inroads into the solar market in Kenya, with two sizeable projects under our belts. Now, working with Guy Lawrence, we have an even stronger solar offering that we believe will appeal to many businesses in East Africa. Government support for renewables in this region is growing – it's encouraging that in Kenya, for example, the Government's Kenya Vision 2030 recognises the opportunity for renewable energy to support economic growth and the need for the country to switch to more sustainable energy sources."
Guy Lawrence, Director of Business Development at Solarcentury in East Africa comments, "Joining Solarcentury creates a highly competitive offering which is already proving appealing to businesses serious about cutting their energy bills and carbon emissions by reducing their reliance on fossil fuels. Solar is especially beneficial for high energy users such as those in the tea, flower, horticulture and manufacturing sectors where high energy costs can reduce their global competitiveness."
Looking ahead to 2015, Solarcentury is looking to develop local supply partners to stimulate employment in Kenya.