May 21, 2024

Two New Solar-Powered Water Systems Launched in Kenya

GivePower announced the opening of two new solar-powered water systems in Kenya, one in Migadini, Mombasa County, and another in Makindu, both funded by ServiceNow. These additions bring the total number of GivePower Solar Water Farms in Kenya to 12, providing clean drinking water to nearly 1 million people daily.

Solar Water Farm To Serve More Than 100,000 People

Two brand-new solar-powered water systems have been installed in Kenya, according to GivePower, an award-winning charity organisation dedicated to addressing the world's water and electrification problems. The eighth project between GivePower and ServiceNow, which also comprises four Solar Water Farms and four electrification projects, was made possible by ServiceNow and is situated in Migadini, Mombasa County.

A news release from ServiceNow states that every Solar Water Farm uses solar energy to desalinate brackish or saltwater water sources, efficiently eliminating impurities like fluoride. More than 100,000 people will be served by these systems, which guarantee dependable and reasonably priced safe drinking water for underprivileged communities.

Governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir expressed gratitude to ServiceNow for funding the project and highlighted the importance of innovative solutions like smart water metering and desalination initiatives to address water scarcity in Mombasa.

"I pledged to the Mombasa community that I would seek novel approaches to tackle the deficiency we encounter in providing clean, fresh water to our neighbourhoods," Governor Nassir stated.

Utilizing Solar Energy Solutions to Improve Water Security

The launch of the Solar Water Farm was commemorated by distinguished guests including the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen, and Mombasa County's CECM Emily Achieng Okelo. Ms Achieng Okelo highlighted the significance of the Solar Water Farm as a major advancement in providing sustainable and clean water access, reflecting their dedication to utilizing renewable energy solutions to improve water security and resilience in the face of climate change.

"Our efforts to guarantee our citizens' access to sustainable and clean water have advanced significantly with the construction of this Solar Water Farm. It represents our dedication to utilising renewable energy sources to improve climate change resilience and water security," Okelo said.

Tim Muindi, General Vice President of Treasury at ServiceNow, reaffirmed the company's commitment to helping Kenya during the opening of the Migadini SWF site. He underlined that in addition to GivePower, ServiceNow is committed to providing solar energy and environmentally friendly infrastructure to guarantee that Kenyans have access to the resources they need.

Lyndsay Harris-Kyei, senior director of ESG social strategy at ServiceNow, emphasized the company's dedication to decarbonization efforts through investments in sustainable infrastructure globally. She noted GivePower as a partner aligned with ServiceNow's mission to improve global conditions by employing innovative clean technology for impactful change.

Solar Water Farms To Last For Over 20 Years

Access to clean water remains a significant global challenge, with over 1.42 billion people, including 450 million children, living in regions with high water vulnerability. This leads to various problems, including disease, hunger, and income inequality, especially affecting women and girls responsible for water collection. GivePower's Solar Water Farms represent cutting-edge technological solutions aimed at addressing this critical issue.

Utilizing clean solar energy, each Solar Water Farm employs desalination and purification processes to treat salty or brackish water, eliminating salt, viruses, bacteria, and other contaminants such as fluoride. This ensures the creation of reliable and affordable sources of clean drinking water for underserved communities. Designed to operate for over two decades, every GivePower Solar Water Farm is engineered to sustainably produce clean water.

Michele Magee, President of GivePower, expressed gratitude to Governor Nassir and ServiceNow for their collaboration in realizing the project, emphasizing the critical importance of securing access to safe, reliable, and affordable water for communities in need.

These systems represent a commitment to sustainability and innovation, providing reliable and affordable clean drinking water for nearly 1 million people daily. The partnership between GivePower, ServiceNow, and local authorities underscores the importance of leveraging renewable energy solutions to improve water security and resilience in the face of climate change.

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