SOLARGEN OPENS ITS NOTHERN KENYA HQ IN WAJIR
olargen has opened a new branch in Wajir to serve Garissa, Wajir and Mandera Counties.
The region is aptly suited for solar solutions since it receives almost 12 hours of sunshine in a day. Despite this God given endowment, the residents
have suffered perennial blackouts that last for weeks. This has affected economic growth and the quality of life of the residents with many businesses incurring substantial losses due to unreliable power supply.
It is in this backdrop that Solargen decided to set base in the region to offer value added solutions to the locals. The vision of Solargen is to transform Northern Kenya and make it a leading horticultural producer through climate smart irrigation technologies. Solargen works closely with the farmers by providing them with integrated solutions that comprises of irrigation technologies, financing, production planning, seedlings, training, and market linkages.
The official opening ceremony was graced by the CEO of Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), Mr. Mohamed Guleid who delivered a key note speech emphasizing the need for indigenous companies to come back and offer solutions to problems afflicting the region. He confirmed that with the right technology and the requisite training for the local farmers, Northern Kenya can easily grow its own food and become self-sufficient.
On his part the Deputy Governor of Wajir, Mr. Hashim, thanked the Directors and the management of Solargen for choosing Wajir as the main operation base for Northern Kenya. He commended the company for delivering a number of quality projects in the County and reiterated that the County Government of Wajir will continue partnering with Solargen in energy and water projects in the county.
The CEO and Founder of Solargen, Mr. Abubakar affirmed the commitment of Solargen to transform the lives of the people in the region by providing affordable energy, Water and irrigation solutions on lease to own basis that is based on Islamic financing principles. Customers will be required to pay a deposit and the balance in installments over a period of time.
Also, in attendance were developmental partners such as USADF, ACDI VOCA, WFP, World Vision, Mercy Corps, IRK, CEZAM and Stanford Seed.
The office is completely powered by Solar and has a water treatment plant with the capacity to produce 10,000 liters of clean water per day. Adjacent to the office is a demonstration farm that will be used to train the farmers on best agricultural practices.
This investment is a testament of the company’s long term plans for the region.
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