Swissport unveils first solar powered facility at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi, Kenya

Published: 30 June 2017

Swissport Kenya Limited in partnership with Mettle Solar Ofgen and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) today unveiled Kenya’s first solar-powered cargo facility at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Nairobi. The facility will meet a third of the facility’s energy demand and enhance environmental sustainability.

Solar technology is quickly becoming hallmarks of contemporary business efficiency as the long term benefits are reasonable for overall business growth. According to the US department of Energy, buildings that incorporate solar energy systems use up to 70% less electricity than conventional systems.

Speaking during the launch, Swissport Kenya Limited COO Rachael Ndegwa said that part of Swissport Kenya’s commitment is to introduce a mix of energy sources to all its facilities. She emphasised that there is need to invest in sustainable energy solutions that meet our day to day needs as well as protect our environment and the health of those using it.

“Swiss port Kenya is committed to supporting development in Africa with new innovations and solutions. The solar power plant will contribute to a healthier environment now and for our next generations and clients will enjoy cheaper solar electricity without substantial upfront capital investment.” She added.

The Solar PV project consists of a simple yet robust mounting system designed by Schletter GmbH, a display of 4 Three phase grid tied inverters by SMA technology AG; both German technologies and 360 Canadian & JA 290 watt-peak polycrystalline modules.

Within the framework of the German Energy Solutions Initiative, the GIZ Project Development Programme (PDP) in close cooperation with the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK) supports solar PV project development in industries and facilitates trainings in the field of solar energy designed to foster knowledge sharing and strengthen business partnerships between Kenyan and German key players.

It enables local renewable energy companies to gain skills on advanced technologies in renewable energy, energy intensive industries to initiate their own renewable energy projects and German companies to position themselves as reliable partners, component and service providers in the Kenyan market.

ERC Acting Director General, Pavel Oimeke noted that the current harsh economic times calls for efficiency and innovation therefore, it is important to build capacity and knowledge in advanced technology in renewable energy as this will help to generate more innovations for the benefit of the Kenyan market.

Swissport Kenya, Chief Operating Officer Rachel Ndegwa addresses the crowd in regards to the new Swissport 105kW solar PV system targeted at meeting 30% of Swissport’s energy demand.
Energy Regulatory Commission representative, Caroline Kimathi speaks on the solutions Swissport Kenya has implemented in order to attain more sustainable and renewable energy with the launch of the new 105kW PV solar system
Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director, Jonny Andersen commends Swissport Kenya on the launch of their new 105kW solar PV system launched on the 29th of June 2017 at the Swissport Cargo facility at JKIA.