Solar-powered desalination plant in Kenya saves lives

Date:27 November 2019 Author: Anita Froneman Tags:,

In the rural village of Kiunga, Kenya, residents had to walk hours to reach water, which would be brackish and inflict diseases. Now, thanks to an initiative by GivePower, a solar-powered desalination plant turns seawater into safe, drinkable water.

The water plant’s solar panels are able to produce 50 kilowatts of energy per day to water pumps that run continuously, producing 70,000 litres of drinkable water per day. This is enough to supply 35, 000 people with clean water each day.

Solar-powered plants could be the best solution for the future, as traditional water plants are costly to run and leave a heavy print on the environment whereas solar power is completely eco-friendly, according to Getaway.

The GivePower Foundation is an NGO whose aim is to build solar energy systems that power food production, clean water through desalination, electricity in schools, businesses and emergency services, as well as animal and land conservation efforts around the world. To support them, click here.

Picture: Twitter/Power System Designs

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