New Davis & Shirtliff tool to put power bills in check

Kenyans now have a chance to take control of their power bills by adopting a solar grid-tied electrical system and harnessing the power of the sun. The innovation by Kenya’s leading water and energy solutions company Davis & Shirtliff is designed to help users who adopt it reduce their electricity overheads.

With the fluctuating power bills for not only households but offices and industries as well, the solar grid-tied electrical system that is semi-autonomous in design will ensure users save on power by taking advantage of the sun when it is available.

“The main benefit of this system is the saving on electricity overheads that is realised during the day when solar power generation is taking place. Solar will take a share of the power that is being utilised in any facility thereby reducing the power bills. Since this generation takes place daily the saving is realised without fail and the money is redirected into more productive use,” said Davis & Shirtliff CEO Mr David Gatende.

To have this system installed and running, Kenyans will need solar panels, a grid inverter and the appropriate power management and control equipment.

He explained that how the system works is that it is linked to the mains to feed into the loads required. When insufficient electricity is available, electricity drawn from the mains grid can make up for the shortfall. The system generates power only when the utility grid is powered and the sun is shining.

“To make sure that the priority of consumption is on solar power the inverter slightly ramps up voltage of the power it supplies with respect to the mains grid creating some extra potential. This allows current to flow more readily from this source than from the mains grid. The mains grid only makes up any shortfall in electricity demand, which might arise from heavier loads being switched on or reduced generation due to cloud cover,” Mr Gatende added.

For industries, institutions and offices that normally operate during the day, this innovation is timely. The solar system gives such facilities more control of the energy quota they are generating and consuming. The more the energy quota they own, the less affected they are by the price changes in electricity.

Block 5
READ: UK to end aid to drought-hit Kenyans in 2024

If a user installs this solar system and later wishes to have a bigger capacity of producing power, the system is designed for expansion.

“Systems are modular in nature meaning that their capacity can readily be increased by adding more panels and inverters with increased spending ability and increased loads. The inverter capacity ranges from 2.5 kilowatt (kW) to 50kW in both single and three phase designs” said Gatende in Nairobi.

The users of this innovation can monitor the system online from any computer or smartphone with an internet connection. This allows the user to view live system performance, check historical data and be notified in case of any faults making it easier in maintenance as well as performance benchmarking.

Latest

Mary Njeri: I Saved Sh750,000 Working as a Maid … then Mum Squandered it

Although Mary Njeri did not have the required documents, an agent helped her obtain them and off she left for Saudi Arabia.

KCB, MasterCard Deal Sets Pace for Payments in East Africa

KCB, MasterCard have signed a five-year strategic collaboration framework that will see cardholders across East Africa benefit from enhanced value propositions.

Ifeanyi Odoh Appointed New Schneider Electric Kenya Country President

Schneider Electric™ Kenya has appointed Ifeanyi Odoh as its...

How to Invest in Kakuzi Shares

Investing your money in Kakuzi shares can help you...

Follow Us

Newsletter

Don't miss

Throwing The Girls Into Deep End: Single Kiasi S3 First Look

Nairobi’s dating scene is about to get messy: Single Kiasi...

Win New Year Crossover Mugithi Tickets With Odibets

The event has attracted prominent Kikuyu musicians who will be headlining the event including Samidoh and Muigai wa Njoroge.

For Coloured Girls is Theatre Production of the Year

The play ‘For Coloured Girls (who have considered suicide/ when...

Tusker Oktobafest Rolls East African Cultures into One

From regional events across Kenya to inaugural gatherings in Uganda and Tanzania, and the Tusker Oktobafest grand finale in Nairobi, the festival harmonized traditions, celebrated diversity, and highlighted the rich cultural tapestry of the East African culture

Lupita’s Little Brother Junior Nyong’o Charting His Own Path in Acting

Junior Nyongó, who is also a musician and a DJ and now a graduate of UC San Diego with an MFA in Acting, is crafting his own solid path in the world of acting with roles in major theatre productions.

Safaricom To Power Tusker OktobaFest Beer Festival

Safaricom’s involvement in OktobaFest as a technology and payments partner will focus on fostering seamless in-festival connectivity, empowering the youth and Gen Z community through Safaricom Hook, and powering digital payments through M-PESA.

Music Producers Launch Organization To Streamline Recording Industry

Recording Industry of Kenya (RIKE) was launched on 9th October 2023. Registered in 2022 as a not-for-profit organization, RIKE aims to promote the collective interests of producers of sound recordings in the country.

Nairobi’s Hero Bar Listed Among World’s 50 Best Bars

World Best Bars: Hero Bar in Nairobi continues to climb the list, moving up six places to No.62 and Johannesburg’s Sin + Tax comes in at No.94. Dubai new entry Ergo is at No.69 and Melbourne’s Byrdi has re-entered the list at No.61.

Kenyan DJs Face Off In Smirnoff Battle Of The Beats Season 3

The Smirnoff Battle of the Beats Season 3, a DJ competition, is poised to unleash an unprecedented musical frenzy countrywide.

The Highs And Lows Of Betty Kyallo, Sisters Show As Season 2 Ends

Kyallo Kulture has always been, above all, about sisterhood, and in Season 2 we have witnessed the charm of it - the ups that gave us wholesome moments as the sisters led by Betty Kyallo spent time together.
BT Correspondent
BT Correspondenthttp://www.businesstoday.co.ke
editor [at] businesstoday.co.ke

Mary Njeri: I Saved Sh750,000 Working as a Maid … then Mum Squandered it

Although Mary Njeri did not have the required documents, an agent helped her obtain them and off she left for Saudi Arabia.

KCB, MasterCard Deal Sets Pace for Payments in East Africa

KCB, MasterCard have signed a five-year strategic collaboration framework that will see cardholders across East Africa benefit from enhanced value propositions.

Ifeanyi Odoh Appointed New Schneider Electric Kenya Country President

Schneider Electric™ Kenya has appointed Ifeanyi Odoh as its new Country President effective February 2024. Ifeanyi joins Schneider Electric Kenya from South East Asia where...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here