Kenya Installs The First Solar Plant That Transforms Ocean Water Into Drinking Water

GivePower was designed in 2013 by Lyndon Rive and Hayes Barnard as a SolarCity non-profit appliance. Just before the SolarCity and Tesla merger in 2016, it spun off as an independent organization whose mission is to bring solar power to parts of the world without access to electricity.

As of 2018, GivePower had completed 2,650 solar power installations in towns in seventeen different countries for institutions such as elementary schools and medical clinics. They have also developed solar installations in poor areas of the United States, including the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. After the facilities are completed, GivePower transfers the maintenance and operation of the facilities to the local communities.


One such community was Kiunga (Kenya), a coastal town near the border with Somalia. But while a solar photovoltaic system was being installed, Hayes Barnard and his staff realized that people had an even more pressing need than electricity. After 5 years of drought, they did not have clean water to drink or bathe. The brackish water they were using was causing different illnesses among their residents. So the GivePower team invented a solar-powered desalination plant that fits inside standard shipping containers.

This solar powered water purification and desalination technology can be rapidly deployed in coastal regions around the world suffering from clean water shortages. Thanks to built-in battery storage, it can run 24 hours a day to transform up to 70,000 liters of brackish or salt water into clean drinking water. Not only does the system help reduce water-borne diseases, it has a transformative effect on the local economy, especially women, who are often forced to spend most of their hours fetching water from water points. access to their villages. UNICEF estimates that women in Africa spend 200 million hours a day transporting water.

According to Water World, GivePower recently won top accolades at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum World Water Prize ceremony in Dubai for its solar farm technology.

We are honored and deeply grateful to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank the Water Aid Foundation of the United Arab Emirates (Suqia) and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Moktoum for their recognition, support and tireless dedication to help humanity overcome water scarcity.

Hayes Barnard, founder and CEO of GivePower.

Three out of ten people in the world face life-threatening water shortages, as the global water crisis continues to grow at an alarming rate. The world’s innovators and leaders must come together to tackle this serious problem together. The people of the United Arab Emirates, under the visionary leadership of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Moktoum, understand this and remain urgently determined to solve this problem . “

Learn more about Kiunga and its GivePower solar plant in the video below.

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