Ofgen commissions 1.05 MWp solar system at the Nairobi Headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline


The state-of-the-art solar system is mounted across the roofs and carport of GSK. The plant offsets daytime load resulting in a 50% self-reliance and saving on operational costs.

The latest installation of the solar modules at GSK has helped the company demonstrate its commitment to sustainability in alignment with the global climate goals even as the world is on a global race to net zero.

According to Statistics from Global Carbon Project, the total global Carbon Dioxide Emission was 36 billion tones. Sub Saharan Africa contributed 800 million tonnes of this. Kenya’s piece of the pie was 17.315 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide making it the highest emitter within the East African block. In a time when the world is going on a global diet to slash emissions by 2030, steps that organizations and industries take will determine whether the world meets the Paris Climate Agreement goals of limiting global warming to well below preindustrial levels and to aim to curb the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

“Ofgen has proven to be an able and responsive partner in delivering our solar project. Despite of the Covid-19 pandemic, the project was delivered with minimal delays. They are always available for queries and are committed even to the post installation process of solar modules maintenance” GSK Site Director Paul Arunga. He continued to add that “Embodying the solar technology as an organization has helped us lower power costs, a significant component in our product cost, hence enabling us to be more competitive and to deliver our products at better prices to our customers. At full load, the projects will reduce our electricity cost by upwards of 40% with a payback period of 5 years”

Solar systems are made up of solar panels (modules), a mounting system and a solar inverter with a computerized controller. Solar panels produce Direct Current Electricity from sunlight. The inverter on the other hand, converts the generated electricity into Alternative Current, so that it can be used by an organization. The computerized controller manages the solar system and ensures optimal performance. Ofgen takes pride in ensuring that their client’s needs and wishes are met through the installation process of the solar modules. The mode of solar technology installed by Ofgen are durable, offer longevity, efficient and embody latest technologies.

“As Ofgen we value our clients, and we are committed to delivering clients satisfaction. Generally, as a company we have been in the solar business for over 10 years and as an organization we are happy that we are riding on a solar technology, a timely move in the wake of saving our planet. Kenya has committed to lower her greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030. We are happy that as a company, we are on the right track by offering clean energy solutions to industries, companies and even households” says Jibril Omar, CEO at Ofgen.

The GSK Solar PV Project was completed on 17th May 2021.  It is located along Likoni Road in Industrial Area, Nairobi.