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Onyx Solar has supplied its BIPV solutions to create a photovoltaic canopy at the Microsoft Africa Development Center (ADC) located in Nairobi. Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is home to numerous parks and green spaces, also known as the "Green City in the Sun".



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  • superficieTotal Area - 180 M2
  • electricidad generadaElectricity generated in 35 years  - 1,134,403 kWh
  • puntos de luzTotal lighting points operating 4 hours per day in 35 years - 2,229 lighting points
  • emisiones CO2 evitadas CO2 emissions Avoided in 35 years - 334 Tons of CO2
  • barriles petroleo ahorradosBarrels of oil saved in 35 years - 668 barrels


Example of a feasibility study of crystalline silicon photovoltaic canopy in Nairobi:


  • superficie Payback time  < 4 years
  • electricidad generada Internal rate of return (IRR)  35 %




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The installation, located on the rooftop of the property, is composed of 109 monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic glasses with a peak power of 27.20 KWp. They have a glass configuration of 4+4 mm with different measures (1,616x1,326 mm and 1,326x1,286 mm) and a transparency degree of more than 40 %.



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The PV glass has the ability to generate clean and free electricity by harnessing the power of the sun, while still allowing natural light to pass through. Moreover, Onyx Solar's photovoltaic glass provides protection against harmful radiation (UV & IR), which is especially important for Microsoft’s workers who take breaks in that living space. 



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Microsoft has been at the forefront of technology innovation for several decades, and continues to invest heavily in cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and quantum computing. The multinational is also committed to corporate social responsibility, with initiatives focused on sustainability, diversity and inclusion.


Africa Development Center, in the iconic Dunhill Towers, represents Microsoft's first-ever engineering offices in Africa. This BIPV (Building Integrated PhotoVoltaics) project is an important initiative aimed at promoting sustainable development and reducing the carbon footprint and increasing its energy independence. 



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This photovoltaic integration would not have been possible without the close cooperation of ACES Africa, Onyx Solar's offshore partner located in Cape Town, South Africa.




Client: Microsoft East Africa
Electrical installer: ACES Africa

Mechanical Installer: Bell Associates
Onyx Solar’s Representative: ACES Africa






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