ABN - Kenya aims to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels for its energy needs by enacting a law compelling businesses to use solar water heaters.
Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) acting director general Robert Pavez Oimeke said: “Beginning in May all commercial buildings will be required to install solar water heaters as part of plans to green the Kenyan economy.”
Speaking at an energy forum in Nairobi, Oimeke argued that businesses and households are likely to save between 30-50% on their electricity bills when they switch to solar water heaters.
He also noted that the cost of solar panels has decreased by 50% in the past five years.
Kenya’s renewable energy industry is already well established, with hydroelectric power accounting for a significant portion of the national energy mix.
However, the country is looking to further develop and diversify its renewables sector, with solar power set to become a focus for 2017.
The ERC is currently conducting a study which will determine how much money can be saved if Kenya adopts wide-scale solar water heating.