Davis&Shirtliff turns to solar energy to supplement hydro electricity shortage

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Maren Diale- Schellschmidt, Country Director, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce closed the two day D&S solar generation seminar in partnership with some of the world leading German solar companies. Pictured RIGHT is, Alec Davis, D&S Group chairman

Lindah Kiyeng

Davis and Shirtliff, the region’s leading water and energy equipment Supplier Company has launched a solar panel that will see people in remote areas with limited or no access to electricity from national grid access clean energy for their everyday lives.

Customers and industry players including engineers, consultants, property developers and solar financing companies attended a seminar hosted by Davis &Shirtliff on the technology of solar power electricity generation for both off and on grid applications. Solar World’s Solar Manager Dean Lundall Is pictured explaining the Photovoltaic panels located on the company’s roof top. D&S Solar Manager, Norman Chege, is right
Customers and industry players including engineers, consultants, property developers and solar financing companies attended a seminar hosted by Davis &Shirtliff on the technology of solar power electricity generation for both off and on grid applications. Solar World’s Solar Manager Dean Lundall Is pictured explaining the Photovoltaic panels located on the company’s roof top. D&S Solar Manager, Norman Chege, is right

The solar power is set to phase out diesel engines that are known to be expensive and sometimes hard to find in remote areas.

Kenya is one of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa blessed with climate suitable to harness the renewable free source of solar energy that is totally inexhaustible and sustainable.  As a non-polluting energy source, solar does not emit greenhouse gases when producing electricity.

The solar panels is also expected to reduce charcoal burning hence positively contributing towards conservation of trees and reduced emissions of greenhouse gases as well as discourage the use of biomass which emits methane and endangers the environment.

This comes on the heels of severe sunlight, reduced rainfall and drastic drop of water levels in Ndakaini dam that has been used for decades to generate hydroelectricity for most households in Kenya.

“Kenya’s strategic location on the equator makes it perfect for solar solutions, with the reduction of prices on solar equipment. We are looking to stock products and making them readily available to local and regional markets. German technology is amongst the most advanced and we believe that it will pay off in the future,” said Davis & Shirtliff’s Chief Executive Officer David Gatende.

The company further noted that while the investment costs of solar equipment might be higher than conventional generators, the long term operating costs are minimal with no fuel and minimal maintenance costs.

David and Shirtliff’s partnership with Germany’s SMA, Solar World, Hoppeke and Schletter has seen its realization to create solar power generation systems.

Customers and industry players including engineers, consultants, property developers and solar financing companies attended a seminar hosted by Davis & Shirtliff on the technology of solar power electricity generation for both off and on grid applications. (LEFT) Solar World’s Solar Manager Dean Lundall Is pictured with (CENTER) D&S Group CEO , David Gatende, explaining the Photovoltaic panels located on the company’s roof top. D&S Solar Manager, Norman Chege is RIGHT
Customers and industry players including engineers, consultants, property developers and solar financing companies attended a seminar hosted by Davis & Shirtliff on the technology of solar power electricity generation for both off and on grid applications. (LEFT) Solar World’s Solar Manager Dean Lundall Is pictured with (CENTER) D&S Group CEO , David Gatende, explaining the Photovoltaic panels located on the company’s roof top. D&S Solar Manager, Norman Chege is RIGHT

Davis & Shirtliff is a major provider of various photo-voltaic solar powered solutions for water pumping, lighting, water treatment and on grid electricity generation with over 70 years of experience.  It has 50 branches spread across nine countries in East and Southern Africa.

It was founded in 1946; mainly focusing on six principal product sectors mainly Water, Pumps, Boreholes, Swimming pools, Water treatment, Generators and Solar equipment. It has 30 branches throughout Kenya.

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