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Serena Hotels and Mettle Solar OFGEN have officially opened “Kenya’s First Fully Solar powered Lodge”.
renewable and effective energy sources such as the installation of the solar power plant. Mr. Mahmud Jan Mohamed, Managing Director, Serena Hotels said, “The Company continues to focus on innovative programs that respond to the needs of the environment, economy and communities within which it
operates – the fundamental tenets of Sustainability”. He further added, “The demand from eco-travelers is growing and Serena continues to adapt its business best practices model to meet the ecological travel
experiences and expectations of today’s guest. The hotel sector is energy-intensive and despite being remotely located in the park; we have successfully managed to use a clean-renewable source of energy to fully run the lodge operations.” The off-grid solar system by Mettle Solar OFGEN has been implemented in two properties; Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge that has the very first Tesla Inverter/Battery System in Kenya and the largest battery system in East Africa, while Kilaguni Serena Safari Lodge’s solar plant is recognized as Kenya’s largest Solar PV System on tracker. Additionally, the firms commissioned two hybrid projects in early February 2018 at Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp and Sweetwaters Serena Camp. In the years to come, these systems will enable Serena Hotels to make major strides in decreasing its operational costs and carbon foot print thus contributing
to a healthier environment now and for our next generations. Mr. Thorsten Ronge, Managing Director, SMA Solar Technology South Africa said that the projects focus on secure and environmentally friendly energy supply is testament to SMA’s vision of ‘generating energy where it is needed’.