Kenya Solar Energy Ltd (KENSEN

The Proposed 40MW Solar Farm Project (WITU)

Kenya Kenya Solar Energy Limited intends to build and commission a 40MW Solar farm facility in the Republic of Kenya. The project site is located at Witu .
Geographic Information for Witu area
Witu in Coast Province with its 5,380 inhabitants is located in Kenya - roughly 262 mi (or 422 km) East of Nairobi, the Kenyan capital. Local time in Witu is 01:28 PM (Friday). The local time zone is "Africa / Nairobi" with an GMT offset of 3 hours. Tekwa Ruins, Mombasa, Mkunumbi, Mambosasa, Malindi, Kijinitini, Kibokoni, Faza, Chathoro and Bajumwali are locations relativly near Witu.
Specifics on Site:
Lamu AirportPopulation: 5,380 Local electricity: 240V - 50Hz Mobile phone / cellular frequencies: 900 Mhz Decimal Coordinates: -2.391 and 40.453 (Lat./Lng.) Coordinates by Time: S -2° 23' 26" and E 40° 27' 11" Distance from Capital Nairobi: 262 miles (or 422 kilometers) East Closest Airports as land marks: Lamu Airport Kiwayu Airport Malindi Airport Hola Airport Local Time: 01:28 PM (Friday) UTC/GMT offset: 3 hours Timezone: Africa / Nairobi Sunrise and Sunset: 6:00 am and 6:09 pm
Witu Brief
The distance from the Nairobi to the site is 262 miles (422 kilometres) and the road is perfect all the way to the site as its in some parts Tamar ked and gravelled. The connection to the nearest Grid Connection substation is on a 66KV currently being upgraded to 133KV. The proposed site is endowed with sufficient solar of above 6kWh/m2.
Economic Brief:
According to The WITU surrounds,Lamu is closest established town located on an island known by the same name on the east coast of Africa some 250km north of Mombasa. In 1986 the population of the town was some 12,000. The town is made up of two distinct sections, one built in stone and the other in mud brick. The old town centre consists of large houses built in coral stone and mangrove timber. The relatively larger, surrounding area consists of mud, wattle, and makuti houses. The whole built area covers about 37ha, while the stone town is about 15.6ha
(750m x 280m), articulated in three distinct areas: the oldest part of the town is in the north, the areas of Pangahari and Yumbe with the Council Chamber and the Friday Mosque, then expanding to the west and south in the 18th century (the Mkomani area); the bazaar street runs north-south behind the seafront; the Fort and the houses on the seafront were built in the 19th century. The c 400 houses of the Mkomani area date mainly from the 18th century, forming the largest and historically and architecturally the most interesting part of the old town. It is characterized by narrow streets and two to three story buildings, mingled with small gardens. The SWAHILI HOUSES are marked with simplicity and uniformity in their exteriors, butKijinitini they have elaborately carved wooden doors particularly characteristic to Lamu. The massive walls are 40–60cm thick covered with lime mortar. The houses have an entrance porch (daka) and an interior vestibule (tekani) with seats.
Inside the house the spaces develop around small courtyards (kiwanda) and open galleries (misana); they are decorated with painted ceilings, large niches (madaka), small niches (zidaka), and pieces of Chinese porcelain.
The town of Lamu is divided into small wards (mitaa), 36 in total, which provide the framework for the social structure. The LAMU FORT was built between 1813 and 1821 in the southern corner of the old stone town, encouraging new development, particularly on the seafront. The Fort is a massive multi-storey building with a central courtyard which has become an image of the Lamu community, being now used for weddings, meetings, and theatre productions. It also hosts the Lamu Conservation Office which manages the conservation and development of the town.
Legal status A UNESCO-sponsored survey in 1974 provided the framework for the development of a conservation master plan, and the historic town was protected by law (The Antiquities and Monuments Act) in 1983. The gazetted area (about 3km x 4km) includes the entire historic town with its surroundings, and extends to the east across the water to Manda Island, where both the mangrove forest and the skyline are protected. Following this, all buildings, streets, frontages, open spaces, streetscape elements, and environmental features in the conservation area are preserved as historical and architectural features.
Protective procedures for the Lamu Old Town stipulated in the Antiquities and Monuments Act of Kenya are implemented following the Lamu Old Town Conservation bye-laws of Lamu County Council. Any development, improvement, or alteration of buildings or plots in the Old Town as well as in the outer protection area are subject to approval by the local Planning Commission.
The series of sand dunes extending on the waterfront south of the town form the principal area for fresh water and are being gazetted separately to guarantee their protection against any development. Furthermore, special protection is provided to the mangrove thickets on Manda Island.



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