May 2, 2011: SOS Children’s Villages in Kenya is turning greener with every sunrise. Together with German company Asantys Systems and Kenyan African Solar Designs, a solar power plant was built near SOS Mombasa and has recently become fully operational. The energy produced by solar panels will power the entire Village, giving electricity to the 15 homes in the Village as well as the Hermann-Gmeiner School.
The building of the plant is part of the Renewable Energy Export Initiative, a German program that aims to support small- and medium-sized renewable energy companies in foreign markets, specifically emerging and developing countries.
The eco-friendly initiative doesn’t stop at solar panels. Instead of electric light bulbs, the Village is using energy-efficient LED bulbs. SOS staff at the Village have also taught the children important lessons about managing resources like water, and recycling.