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Solar PV Report and Development Concept

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Executive Summary

Mweiga Blooms is located in the Kenyan highlands, in-between the Aberdare Range and Mt Kenya, previously the farm was involved in growing of the herbs at an altitude of 1900m on 50,000 m2 (coordinates,-0.336338, 36.942998) in open fields and greenhouses. The herbs are Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), Mint (Mentha spicata), Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus). However, recently the farm is no longer involved in the activities above due the long withstanding drought experienced last year in that area resulting to very poor yields to a point where no more farming is taking place, hence the huge land has been left bare. Despite these challenges, the farm can still be put to use for other extensive beneficial projects and hence the idea of alternate clean energy solution.

Mweiga Blooms Limited has great potential for cleaner alternate for energy and greatest potential for solar PV system (Ground mounted due to availability of its large track of land). The excess power generation will be fed to the national grid based on a negotiated power purchase agreement (PPA). Mweiga Blooms Ltd land can possibly handle 12,000 kW peak ground mounted solar PV power plant on the 49,500 m2, leaving 500m2 for the structures, buildings, roads, access points and walkways, this system peak is subject to proper design and use of high efficient solar panels, the system yield will be even more than 12,000 kW perhour.

The 12,000 kW solar PV power plant will be implemented in phases to ensure that the project cost is spread out and at the same time the facility will be getting revenue from earlier phase power/income generation. This ensures the next phase capital cost is not intensive and project is self-financing. The scalable system and peak addition is as per the table below (after every 12 months). For now we are using 12 months but a lower period can be used after the feasibility to have done to ensure the project scaling process is completed in less than 24 months and increase the revenue streams.

The power will be sold to the grid based on a negotiated power purchase agreements. The current structured feed in rate for solar projects which are more than 10 MW is 0.12 $/kWh (12.36 KES/kWh) as per table 2 below, a battery less system generates power for 6 hours, translating to a total of 57,161,983.13 kWh of electricity in 48 months and total power revenue of 706,522,111.43 KES for a complete 12,000 kW Solar PV system in the 4 th year/48th month (as per Figure 2 overleaf). The Solar PV system projects pays back in 5-8 years based on the mode of financing.

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