A Carport That Actually Generates Electricity: Clever Idea in Kenya


Africa’s largest solar carport was opened in Nairobi yesterday at the Garden City Mall on Thika Superhighway.

Instead of the ordinary car park canopies shielding cars from the sun, the carport has been equipped with 3,300 solar panels.

The panels will generate 1,256 MWh annually and cut carbon emission by 745 tonnes a year, according to SolarCentury and Solar Africa, the companies that worked on the new parking lot.

The solar electricity it generates is being used by the mall for lighting and powering escalators.

The solar carport is powerful enough to power 550 urban homes in Nairobi every year.


During the launch, Energy PS Joseph Njoroge said the government is committed to renewable energy to ensure a safe and healthy environment free of harmful emissions.

He said the solar panelled carport is an innovation.

Njoroge urged investors to replicate the idea in carparks countrywide.

The PS said the Energy ministry is committed to install power in homes countrywide using the existing electricity grid.

This would be complemented with renewable energy, including biomass, wind and solar energy.

The PS said the Garden City Mall power system can be used as a demonstration plant by investors in renewable energy sectors.


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