African airport turns to solar power as it aims to cut emissions

In an announcement earlier this week solar business Solarcentury said it had signed a contract with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to undertake the work at Moi International Airport, in Mombasa.

Solarcentury said the photovoltaic system would produce 820,000-kilowatt hours of energy per year and offset 1,300 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. The firm added that the installation would make Moi International Airport the first in East Africa to have a solar photovoltaic system installed. Photovoltaic cells directly convert the light of the sun into electricity.

Construction is expected to take 10 months, with the systems set to produce solar electricity by 2019.

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