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SWITCHING BUSINESS TO SOLAR
Immediate savings on energy costs across Africa
THE ENERGY PROBLEM
Across Africa, businesses consume grid and diesel energy at some of the highest prices anywhere. But, because of strong irradiance levels, these high energy users could make huge savings from switching to solar.
However, if you are a business looking to make savings by switching to solar, you must either commit to a large capital investment or face the difficult task of accessing finance to cover the high upfront costs.
WHAT AZIMUTH OFFERS
We enable businesses of all kinds to adopt solar and benefit from immediate savings on their energy costs. We can provide your business with clean solar energy either by purchasing outright or through flexible contracts.
In our experience of building solar projects in East Africa we learnt that there were two big problems facing business wanting to switch to solar. First was not having information of what energy was used and when. Second was the opportunity cost of investing capital in anything other than the core business activities.
We are able to offer these businesses something different because of two innovations that we have developed in answer to these concerns.
Measure the impact of solar on your site
The facts at your fingertips – Our SOLAR SIMULATOR measures your energy usage from the grid and diesel generators. It puts this together with actual irradiation levels measured at your site, to give you an accurate idea of potential savings from solar, even before you commit.
A repackageable, quick-to-move design
Our unique design is quickly and conveniently deployed from a 40ft shipping container. It can be installed by a team of four in a single day, and relocated at a future point if required.
OUR TRACK RECORD
We have installed seven solar generators on a range of factories and agricultural businesses in Kenya. These total over 1.7MW – that is 40% of the commercial installations built in Kenya to date.
In late 2015 we completed an extension to the roof mounted solar at Uhuru flower farm near Timau, in Laikipia County. The system now produces 102kW, to provide solar power to the refrigeration unit and the pack [...]
Azimuth developed one of the largest such installations in the UK - Cadland Solar Park in Hampshire, which is a 5MW ground mounted solar field. In the UK renewable energy generation is supported by the government [...]
Azimuth Power was contracted to build a 30kW system for Finlays Tea Kitumbe Factory. The system provides power to the tea collection ropeway. The system has 15kW connected to a solar tracking system and 15kW [...]
In April 2015, Azimuth completed an intial 255kW trial project providing power to Eastern Produce Kenya’s Kepchomo Tea Factory at Nandi Hills, Western Kenya. The system works alongside both the grid and existing backup diesel [...]
Following the success of Azimuth’s first solar project for Timaflor flower farm in Timau, we have constructed two further projects of 90kW each, to supply more clean and low-cost renewable power to expanding operations on [...]
In 2013, Uhuru Flowers commissioned Azimuth to reduce their electricity bills. We designed and installed a 72kW roof-mounted solar PV system that synchronizes with the KPLC grid and reduces their electricity bill by approximately 60%. [...]
MEET OUR TEAM
George BowmanFounding Director
Azimuth was founded in the UK by George Bowman. George is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 14 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector. George has worked as an engineering consultant for Arup, designing wind and wave energy devices, and as an advisor to a London-based technology VC fund.
Mat ThomsonKenya Director
Mat Thomson is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with extensive experience in the renewable energy sector. Prior to joining Azimuth, Mat headed the marine group at leading renewable consultants Garrad Hassan. He has a Masters degree in mathematical modelling in the environment.
Jonathan Hutchins Adviser
Jonathan has extensive experience in emerging markets power and infrastructure investment and development. A qualified Project Finance lawyer, he established and worked as General Counsel of Globeleq and COO of Actis Infrastructure Fund. More recently he worked with the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund and with IFC InfraVentures, focusing on its Africa portfolio.
Andrew Reicher has deep investment experience of emerging markets and infrastructure, with particular expertise in Africa. From 2000-08 Andrew worked with Commonwealth Development Corporation as its Chief Investment Officer, heading its first Infrastructure Fund, and then CEO of Globeleq, the wholly-owned electricity generation company operating in Africa, Asia and Latin America.