Kenyan Company to provide German PV Solar Technology to local firms

By HSE East Africa | Tuesday Jan 8, 2019

Kenya’s leading water and energy solutions company, Davis & Shirtliff, on Monday, 7 January 2018, announced it has partnered with Germany’s biggest solar company SMA Solar Technology, with the Kenyan company appointed regional partner for SMA inverters.

SMA is a producer and manufacturer of solar inverters for photovoltaic systems with grid connection, off-grid power supply and back-up operations and is present in 20 countries. The company made sales worth 900 million Euros in 2017.

The SMA solar system works on the grid-connected photovoltaic power system, or grid-connected PV system.

This is an electricity-generating solar PV system that is connected to the mains supply. It consists of solar panels, one or several SMA inverters, a power conditioning unit and grid connection equipment.

“The system ranges from small residential and commercial rooftop systems to large utility-scale solar power stations. Unlike stand-alone power systems, a grid-connected system rarely includes an integrated battery solution, as they are still very expensive,” said Davis & Shirtliff’s Technical Director Eng Philip Holi, in a statement.

The manufacturing industry is being urged to adopt clean and renewable energy sources like solar to power their plants and help their business cut costs and become more energy independent.

Companies and organisations of all shapes and sizes, and in nearly every sector, are making concrete moves to install solar systems to lower their energy bills. “Manufacturers in the country utilize a significant amount of electricity during the production process. All of this energy constitutes a major overhead cost for the organisation, in addition to contributing to a significant amount of pollution to power the plant,” said Holi.

The partnership with Davis & Shirtliff comes at a time when SMA is downsizing and shifting its focus back home and on emerging markets. Last year, the German firm announced plans to exit the Chinese inverter market where it failed to establish a low-cost brand for emerging markets for the past six years after failing to generate profit.

Source: Business Daily

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