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Commercial Gas Specialist Transforming Lives In Kenya With Renewable Energy Project

Commercial gas specialist CNG has turned its ‘Power UP’ concept into an even greater force for good with an ambitious crowdfunded renewables project; set to transform the lives of more than 600 children in Kenya.

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“Shower Up” will see two fully-equipped, solar powered shower blocks (made from recycled shipping containers) provided for Turasha School in Kenya.

Turasha Boarding School houses over 600 pupils and due to lack of Government funding and intake pressures, some of the school’s facilities are at breaking point. This is especially true of the student shower blocks. The buildings are dilapidated and unfit for purpose. Despite 12 hours of sunshine a day, the mornings are cold and this lack of basic facilities means many opt either not to shower or brave the cold to do so, posing a variety of health and hygiene issues.

Having already started work on a solar powered shipping container solution for a pioneering eco-school in the UK, CNG’s renewables co-ordinator, Ellis Hall was delighted when a chance conversation about his wish to replicate the solar school idea put him in touch with Will Ellis, a consultant who specialises in linking businesses with ‘in-need’ projects in Africa. Will was able to link CNG with Turasha, a perfect fit for the solar school plans.

Ellis and Will have already been out to Kenya to source local suppliers and contractors to help bring this project to life. The idea being that the project benefits the school, but also the local economy. CNG will provide all of the solar technology to the project.

Ellis Hall from CNG said: “We’ve put in a lot of time to get the project off the ground. We feel very passionately that this is a perfect use of our renewables expertise and links directly with the work we are already doing here in the UK. Now all we need is the support of of fellow colleagues, partners, friends and businesses to get it over the line.

“Shower Up benefits pupils in Kenya, but it also helps us educate young people in the UK on the direct impact of renewables, in a tangible way. We all have a role to play in understanding and using energy more responsibly.”

“Our plan is to convert two 40ft shipping containers into fully-renovated shower units for the kids at Turasha School in Kenya,” explains a CNG representative. “With one for boys and one for girls, these blocks will be powered by solar thermal for their hot water supply. Not only this, but they will also make use of solar technology for the electrics, such as lighting.

“The project will serve to make a real difference to these pupils, while helping us to educate children and young people here in the UK about the benefits of renewables and the impact of their decisions as the energy users of the future.”

The Shower Up campaign is live from Monday 11th September. More information can be found and pledges made via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/shower-up, along with updates and news via Twitter and LinkedIn (@CNG_Ltd).

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