Cliff Owiti, a senior administrator at the Kenya Renewable Energy Association, said the move will protect the environment and bring down electricity costs. "We hope that when the entire project is completed by 2016, more than 50% of Kenya's energy production will consist of solar. Already we are witnessing solar investments in Kenya such as a factory that was opened here in 2011 that manufactures solar energy panels."
Kenya to generate 50% of electricity from solar
— By Tyler Falk on January 22, 2014, 8:46 AM PST
A few context questions..
- With only 16% on the population connected, and currently a 8% growth rate - can it keep up with demand ?
- "With high investments in solar, we will witness almost no blackouts." Fairly self-evidently the solar won't work when the sun isn't shining, so presumably the non-solar 50% can cope out of hours for the sun, or is there some planned storage - perhaps pumped storage of water for the mentioned hydro plants. Any details ?
- The population of Kenya is predicted to sky-rocket from the current 43million to 85 million by 2050. Again can the plans cope ?
Still great news, solar being used in a sunny country - who have though :-)