Model projects on climate protection in Nairobi, Kenya:
1) The unep headquarters with a solar roof.
Photo: Energiebau/Marieantoinetta Peru
Development Opportunity for Africa
The German Solar Academy Nairobi is looking to recruit local experts to plan and install high-quality photovoltaic systems.
”Photovoltaics is not a privilege of the rich,” explains Achim Steiner, the Director of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), during the official opening of the unep headquarters, the first energy-neutral office building in Africa, located in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Its photovoltaic system with 4,000 solar modules produces more energy than the 1,200 employees need and saves more than 420,000 kilograms of CO₂ each year. Its emission-free solar technology is ’made in Germany’. The international photovoltaic system supplier ”Energiebau” from Cologne received this order from the environment program of the United Nations in mid-2010 and realized the project as a general contractor using modules from SCHOTT Solar and inverters from SMA Solar Technology AG. For Steiner, this lighthouse project in Kenya demonstrates an approach for the future that shows that the age of photovoltaics has come and with it the prospect of supplying the population in Kenya with energy.
2) The ”German Solar Academy Nairobi” that offers training courses for specialized local workers from Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda. Photo: Energiebau/SCHOTT/A. Baasner
Electricity from solar energy, on the other hand, could represent a long-term, environmentally and climate friendly, but also economically beneficial alternative for East African nations. The conditions in Africa are ideal: the solar intensity of the sun is almost twice as high as in Central Europe with more than 5 kilowatt hours per square meter and day. In addition, the global market prices for PV have dropped significantly and this, in turn, helps make Africa even more competitive. According to the giz (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), ‘grid parity’ will soon be reached in many countries of East Africa, which means that the electricity from PV will cost the same as electricity from the grids. Furthermore, non-connected, self-sufficient photovoltaic systems for use in households are already competitive.
|Innovation||Products||Press||Careers||SCHOTT North America|