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Solarise Africa, a pan-African Energy-as-a-Service company, has recently commissioned a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of United Aryan EPZ Ltd.’s factory in Kenya. United Aryan is a global player in apparel manufacturing, which is now equipped with a brand new 1.8 MWp rooftop solar plant, making it one of the largest operational rooftop solar facilities in East Africa.
The rooftop solar plant consists of 3,334 solar panels and was built by Premier Solar Solutions. The Kenyan subsidiary of Starsight Premier Energy Group constructed the project on behalf of Solarise Africa. United Aryan and Solarise Africa signed a PPA under which the textile company is expected to pay a lease fee for the solar photovoltaic plant.
Solarise Africa expects the annual generation capacity of the rooftop solar plant at 2.3 GWh. The plant will reduce the United Aryan’s annual carbon emissions by 33,100 tonnes, which is equivalent to the CO2 absorbed by more than 64,500 trees.
The rooftop solar project is a part of United Aryan’s environmental policy. The apparel manufacturer for the European and American markets is working towards reducing the carbon footprint of its global operations and solar energy is helping achieve its sustainable development target.
Amit Bedi, United Aryan’s CEO, mentioned that the manufacturer has set an ambitious target for implementing global environmental best practices by 2028. “With our 1.8 MW solar photovoltaic plant, we have taken the first step in achieving our ambitious goals, and we are very proud to help reduce our energy costs while protecting the environment,” says Bedi.
Sakkie van Wijk, Chief Commercial Officer at Solarise Africa, said the rooftop solar plant will see United Aryan reduce its electricity consumption cost by about 72% in the first month. The solar plant will save the company nearly $5.3 million over its life cycle.
“We have been proud to partner with United Aryan on their sustainability journey – from their first move towards sustainable washer systems to this significant shift towards renewable energy, as well as future clean energy expansions,” said van Wijk.
Solarise Africa continues to make impact investments across Africa. The company provides solar energy solutions to C&I customers in Rwanda, South Africa, Kenya and now targeting Ugandan and Zambian renewable markets.