East Africa

Containerized solar water farms provide clean water, jobs for locals

More than 2 billion people globally lack access to clean drinking water, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nonprofit organization GivePower is aiming to reduce that number by using the sun’s energy, shipping containers, desalination technology and local supply chains.

GivePower builds and delivers containerized solar-powered water farms that desalinate salty water.

The organization focuses on areas where “there’s an immediate and growing need for better access to safe water,” Kyle Stephan, vice president of operations at GivePower, told FreightWaves.


Boreal to install its desalination systems in 5 Pulse centers – Rwanda

Boreal Light’s project portfolio is expanding in East Africa. The German water treatment systems provider is agreeing with The Pulse, a managed network of rural business, service and leisure centers, to equip five new centers in Rwanda. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), only 57 percent of Rwandans have access to clean water.

The future kiosks will also provide water for irrigation of plantations. The Pulse will establish the future centers that will house the Boreal Light systems. These will include facilities dedicated to retail and wholesale, finance, health, water, agriculture, recreation, entertainment and more.

Boreal’s future water desalination systems will be solar-powered. According to The Pulse, this new partnership aims to eventually equip 69 rural centers with water treatment systems.


Solar-powered water desalination system to supply Bubisa – Kenya

German start-up Boreal Light plans to inaugurate a new brackish groundwater desalination system on September 22nd, 2021 in Bubisa, a village in Marsabit County, Kenya. The plant will be powered by solar photovoltaic energy. 

After the “Shimoni WaterKiosk” system, which went into operation in August 2021 for several public structures on the southern coast of Kenya, Boreal Light will present a new brackish groundwater desalination system on September 22nd, 2021.

According to the German start-up, the ceremony will be held in Bubisa, where the plant will provide 11 m3 of water per hour. The village is located in Marsabit County in northern Kenya.


Solar-Powered Desalination Device Aims to Deliver Water to 400,000 Kenyans – Kenya

Turning seawater into potable water is typically an expensive and polluting process. Now, Climate Fund Manager and Solar Water Solutions have a revolutionary solution with zero carbon footprint. 

The groups are working together to install up to 200 desalination units in Kitui County, Kenya. The project’s long-term goal is to provide clean water to 400,000 Kenyans by 2023. 

The total funding opportunity is estimated to be up to USD 15 million.


Solar water desalination system installed at 23 Kenyan hospitals – Kenya

Therefore, in celebration of world water day, WaterKiosk in partnership with DEG and Boreal Light GmbH officially opened the first round of the largest solar water desalination project in Africa on 17 March 2021.

The project is supported via the develoPPP.de programme, which DEG implements on behalf of the German ministry for economic cooperation and developments (BMZ).

These solar water desalination systems aim to mitigate the impact of the pandemic by supplying over one million litres of safe drinking water daily in 23 key hospitals and clinics across Kenya.


A first for village in Kilifi as NGO undertakes fresh water project – Kenya

Since independence, Kavunzoni village in Kilifi county has had no fresh water.

Residents have to walk for long distances in search of water.

School going children are not spared either as a times they have to sacrifice their education and remain at home babysitting their younger siblings as their mothers set out in search of the precious commodity.


Lamu Residents Fault County Over Biting Water Shortage During Ramadhan – Kenya

The Muslim faithful in Lamu Island are pushing the county government to urgently address an ongoing water shortage that has hindered crucial activities during the holy month of Ramadhan.

Water is essential to Muslims, especially during the evening after breaking the fast.

However, many households within Lamu Island have witnessed rampant water shortage with some missing the commodity for over ten days in a row.


Tesla Solar Panels Are Making Drinking Water For Kenyans – Kenya

We are quickly heading toward a massive water crisis that will affect the entire world. According to the World Health Organization, one in three people already does not have access to clean drinking water as of today.

It is estimated that 2 billion people have to use a drinking source that is contaminated with feces. Unfortunately, researchers predict that by 2025 half the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas.

On top of the current water scarcity, scientists expect that more water sources will be contaminated by undrinkable saltwater as sea levels continue to rise due to climate change.


CFM to install 200 solar-powered desalination units in Kenya – Kenya

The systems are based on innovation by Solar Water Solutions, a Finnish water technology company that has solved how to make clean water with solar power, with the lowest energy consumption in the market.

The parties are now starting to pilot a project that will eventually aim to provide clean water from brackish ground water to 400,000 Kenyans by 2023. The total funding opportunity is estimated to be up to US$15mn.

“We are very pleased with the initiative that will bring very clean drinking water to the rural population in Kitui County that needs it most. It is the most exciting project I have been part of in all my career,” said Emmanuel Kisangau, minister of Water in Kitui County.


Partnership for installation of solar-desalination systems in Kitui – Kenya

Climate Fund Managers (CFM), a leading boutique investment manager dedicated to securing a sustainable future through impactful investing, and Solar Water Solutions (SWS), a water technology company that designs and manufactures decentralized solar-powered water purification systems, have announced a partnership to co-finance and co-develop solar-powered desalination systems in Kitui, a county in the South East region of Kenya.

Under the partnership, CFM through its Climate Investor Two (CI2) fund will initially co-finance a piloting phase for these initiatives and later co-finance the full roll-out of up to 200 units that are expected to benefit at least 400,000 Kenyan citizens.