It comes as a huge relief for people in the region.
Launched in 2013 as a non-profit branch of the Tesla subsidiary Solar City, 'Give Power' is a team of engineers, developers, and clean energy thought leaders who aim to "design, build and deploy renewable energy systems that provide food, water, and light to those who need it most."
Last year, the nonprofit installed a first of its kind solar-powered desalination system in the small fishing community of Kiunga. The facility produces enough fresh drinking water for 35,000 people every single day, an incomparable boon to the village that had been suffering extreme drought for many years.
Located just a few miles south of the Somalian border, Kiunga is home to about 3500 people who'd been forced to use dirty sea and brackish saltwater since the drought-hit in 2014.
Having little to no access to clean drinking water, they'd had no choice to quench their thirst with this same contaminated water even though doing so put them at the risk of kidney failure. Fortunately, the village's close proximity to the Indian Ocean made it an ideal candidate for the world's first GivePower Solar Water Farm.
This first solar plant to produce drinking water for the people in the region has come as a great boon and a huge relief for the people who have found new hope and a reason to celebrate.