On 20th August 2021, The Archbishop R.S. Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki Foundation launched a water project in Kamuyu, Longonot in partnership with Safi Power, a Renewable Energy Solutions provider.
The first of its kind project has a borehole depth of 446m, roughly 280m above the average borehole size in the country and water temperatures of above 60°C. The pump and its 3-phase motor and supportive administrative, residential and production facilities are powered by an off-grid solar PV storage system.
Davis & Shirtliff (D&S) Group, the leading supplier of water & energy related equipment in East Africa, provided the equipment and expertise to install the borehole. Philip Holi, Technical Director remarked: “This one-of-a-kind project was an interesting challenge for us. The depth and the heat of the water required careful consideration on the equipment required.”
The benefits of the project extend beyond water solutions by also powering an apiary facility in conjunction with the community for honey processing with an expected annual yield of 5000kg.
The off-grid system which runs entirely on solar power will have an estimated energy consumption 34000kWh over its lifetime, an estimate of 20 years. The project will lead to the reduction of 62 tonnes of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere and save an estimated equivalent of 330 trees.