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On November 15, 2023, the Academy proudly launched a 350kWp solar plant, which has been operational since August of the same year. This endeavour has not only realised substantial savings of KES 2.5 million in electricity bills but also stands as a testament to the Academy’s unwavering commitment to excellence. The primary objective of this initiative is to reduce reliance on the national electricity grid, aligning with Kenya’s ambitious target of achieving 100% grid access by 2030.

Beyond its financial success, the solar plant is a beacon of innovation, inspiring students to delve into sustainable technology. Within the Academy, the Architecture Construction and Engineering, as well as the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics clubs, now have the invaluable opportunity to actively engage in the project and explore renewable energy, fostering their passion and dedication to a greener future.

With each solar panel basking in the Kenyan sun, the Academy strides purposefully towards a more sustainable future for generations. This accomplishment is the result of a collective effort by a dedicated facilities team, with vital support from Safaricom’s senior engineers, who breathed life into this visionary project. The collaboration between these two institutions was evident in every stage, from conceptualisation and planning to execution. The Academy’s commitment to excellence transcends cost savings; it serves as a guiding light for others within the renewable energy sector.

As an institution that prides itself on being a Thinker, Doer, and Leader in all spheres, the Academy views this solar plant as a testament to its standing. Additionally, the project contributes significantly to tackling climate change, aligning with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Goal 13, which calls for urgent action to combat climate change and is intrinsically linked to all 16 other Goals. To address climate change, countries globally have adopted the Paris Agreement, aiming to limit the rise in global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above industrial levels.

Recognising the urgency of action, the Academy acknowledges that climate change affects every country on every continent, disrupting national economies and impacting lives today, with even more significant consequences tomorrow. In response, the Academy actively embraces sustainable practices through the MFA 350 KWP Plant and integrating additional green energy initiatives, showcasing a comprehensive commitment to a cleaner, more resilient future. This includes tree planting, wastewater recycling, and various measures to reduce emissions, enhance adaptation efforts, and promote a circular economy. As the pace of change quickens, the Academy stands at the forefront, demonstrating its dedication to building a sustainable and environmentally conscious community.