GivePower has built its first solar water farm in a small village called Kiunga which is located in Kenya. The solar power plant turns saltwater into clean and sustainable drinking water and it uses a filtrating system that desalinates the brackish liquid to produce enough water for 35,000 people every day. The farm is situated along the coast of the Indian ocean, its proximity to the ocean makes it an ideal location for the GivePower’s first solar farm.
The desalination systems are powered by solar energy and they are housed in 20-foot shipping containers. They are capable of producing 50 kilowatts of energy and power two water pumps, transforming 75,000 litres of seawater into clean, drinkable water every day. The farm charges $20 per person to access clean water.
According to the WHO, 844 million people across the globe lack access to clean drinking water and among them are more than 300,000 children who die every year due to water-borne diseases. 2 billion people currently live in water-scarce regions and as many as 3.5 billion could experience water scarcity by 2025.
“Humanity needs to take swift action to address the increasingly severe global water crisis that faces the developing world, with our background in off-grid clean energy, GivePower can immediately help by deploying solar water farm solutions to save lives in areas throughout the world that suffer from prolonged water scarcity,” said Hayes Barnard, Founder and President of GivePower.
The Non-Profit organization has deployed more than 2,650 solar-powered energy systems to schools, medical clinics and villages in 17 developing countries and is currently researching four additional locations to deploy its solar water farm technology.