Kenya officially has its first solar-powered farm that transforms ocean water into drinking water, thanks to a group of engineers.
Although the planet may be made up of 70% water, there are still plenty of people around the globe who lack access to such basic essentials.
For 2.2 billion people, they lack the abundance that many of us have been privileged to have had since birth. From the food on our tables to adequate healthcare and a functioning education system – these are things we have perhaps taken for granted.
In Kiunga, a small town in Kenya, they have lacked access to clean water for many years. That was until a non-profit branch named Tesla, which is a subsidiary of Solar City, GivePower, who decided to pitch in and solve this.
To begin the mission, they gathered together a group of engineers, developers and thought leaders who would make the first of its kind, solar-powered desalination system. This would be a process in which salt water is turned into drinking water.
Of course, such a process is expensive and power-consuming, but this solar-energy is as a sustainable option and a longterm solution.
The use of solar panels helps to harvest energy, which means 50 kilowatts of energy are created and means 24 hours a day, meaning water for the small town.
A spokesperson for GivePower said: “Each solar water farm produces enough fresh drinking water for 35,000 people every single day. Compared to most ground well systems, the GivePower solar power farm produces a higher quality of water over a longer period of time with no negative environmental impact.”
Before Tesla’s involvement, the people of Kiunga were forced to travel for more than an hour each day to collect water, which wasn’t even a hygienic standard.
The 3,500 people of the town make up a fishing community and their only source of water was a well, which shared the same channel of water in which animals bathed. Full of pollutants and parasites, every sip of this water meant potential harm and risks to the townspeople.
Hayes Barnard, president of GivePower spoke about the issue in an institutional video: “You see children inside of these villages, and they’ve got these scars on their stomachs or their knees because they got so much salt in their wounds. They were basically poisoning their families with this water.”
In regions of sub-Saharan Africa, people are facing much bigger water problems, which is why the town of Kiunga was selected. Located near the Indian Ocean, it made the perfect first candidate for the world’s first GivePower solar water farm.
Thanks to the success of the solar power farm, GivePower aims to launch this operation in more towns in Columbia and Haiti.
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