REDAVIA deployed its first solar farm in Kenya for the Menengai Farmers tea farm in Tigoni.
For the first 20 years of its operations, Menengai Farmers successfully grew tea without any large electrical demands. However, in the mid-’80s, weather patterns in Tigoni changed requiring the installation of an irrigation system. As the tea farm and irrigation system have grown, so have Menengai Farmer Ltd’s energy needs, putting a strain on their operational budget.
Designed for maximum ease, REDAVIA’s contract also includes installation, maintenance, and 24/7 technical monitoring. REDAVIA’s onsite engineers deployed the solar ground mount unit at the Menengai Farmers site. After a smooth deployment and early operation period, both parties are already planning to scale up the solar farm with the second phase of energy storage, allowing for independence from the national grid.
“We are happy to have found a company to manage the electrical costs of our irrigation system. The savings we make with REDAVIA will allow us to continue to grow our farm.”Gideon Katiku, Farm Manager of Menengai Farmers.
“Solar power reduces costs, generating savings that can be reinvested into the business, while also reducing the carbon footprint of the business. It’s a win-win scenario.”Erwin Spolders, CEO & founder of REDAVIA.