Malindi water to ditch KPLC for solar power

The Kenya Power head office in Nairobi./file

In what could spell more doom to Keny power, the Malindi water and sanitation company (Mawasco) is planning to shift to solar energy to run its Baricho water plant.

According to Mawasco regional manager Gerald Mwambire, the firm want to cut operational costs by adopting cheaper energy solutions like solar or wind power.

Mwambire revealed that the company has been at loggerheads with Kenya power over pending bills which led to massive losses for the water firm.

He revealed that talks are in advance stage with Mombasa water company to ditch Kenya power for solar energy.

“We have been paying sh 25 million monthly bills to Kenya power to run this firm. Indeed it’s costly for us”, he said.

Mawasco currently pays sh. 40 million bills for Baricho plant monthly down from sh. 25 million.

Several companies, universities, and factories have turned to solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-tied systems to supply power for internal use to ensure reliable supply and reduced operational costs.