Garden City Mall will officially open today after a year when construction began. The Mall is a game changer project that will embrace a dual-mode technology which is a highly innovative energy solution that provides solar energy during the day without depending on the national grid; and when the grid is down, the system reduces consumption of costly diesel back up. Dubbed solar carport technology, it ensures consistent energy supply by reducing diesel and grid consumption; it is environmentally friendly hence reducing power bills for tenants.
The Africa’s largest solar carport will be located at the top most storey of the parking area at Garden City Mall, part of the new 32-acre integrated residential, retail park, hotel and office development on Nairobi- Thika Superhighway.The clean solar electricity generated by the 858kWp system will be used by the retail tenants. The solar installation will be financed under NVI Energy’s Solar4Africa, a 12 year financed solution that enables Garden City to harness the power of renewable energy, overcoming many of the barriers that can frequently plague commercial solar projects. As well as providing shade, the 3,300 solar panels on the carports will generate 1256 MWh per year, and cut carbon emissions by around 745 tonnes per year.
The installation of the solar panels will help Garden City achieve its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The new development is set to be a showcase for environmental design, incorporating a range of energy saving solutions. LEED is an ecology-oriented building certification program developed by United States Green Building Council (USGBC). In May 2015, Garden City Mall opened its doors to the public after completion of phase one worth KES22.7bn. Its construction is led by Nairobi-based Mentor Management and houses 120 local and international brands as its tenants.