Simbi Roses Limited has ramped up its green credentials by unveiling a 150kWp solar PV system in Thika, Kiambu County.
The ground-mounted solar system consisting of 454 solar panels and 5 inverters is set to save up to 144 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The new system will help Simbi Roses reduce its overall power costs and carbon footprint.
The self-consumption solar PV system is well suited to cover the daytime energy needs of the flower farm.
As the flower industry relies on the natural environment, Simbi Roses aims to be a trendsetter towards sustainable energy use in the industry, which is a vital pillar of environmental protection.
The project has been achieved through a meaningful partnership between ecoligo; a Germany-based solar company with a subsidiary in Kenya in cooperation with its Kenyan-based installation and service partner Technolectric; with technical support from the Project Development Programme under the German Energy Solutions Initiative.
Speaking during the unveiling event Simbi Roses Executive Director Grace Nyachae appealed to flower producers to implement more renewable energy systems in order to reduce carbon levels in the environment and reduce operational costs.
Since its inception, Simbi Roses has established a modern and efficient crop management system and high-quality control within their growing infrastructure.
These include the propagation of their own plants, and the state of art irrigation and spraying systems, combined with the ideal climate and water availability which allows Simbi Roses to produce roses more efficiently.
Currently, they are producing over 13 different varieties of roses for the international market which include Bellerosa, Red Ribbon, Good Times, Sonarisa, Vanilla Sky, Marie Claire, Mario, High & Magic, and Upper Class.