The Kenya Government recently introduced policy that requires all new large constructions eg hotels, housing estates etc to install solar water heaters. This will go a long way to ensure solar energy is well utilized in the buildings sector of the Kenya Economy.
2. What is the implication .
This requirement will play a role in reducing reliance on fossil fuel/KPLC for water heating. This will also create new business ventures for the solar water heater re sellers. In addition, this will sensitize and create awareness to the public on the need and availability of solar energy as an energy option in Kenya.
It has now become a common feature to see solar water heaters atop new roofs. Developers have responded well by introducing this since it reduces their overall energy costs , makes the buildings competitive and attractive to tenants sine energy costs are low and also ensures that all Government regulations that ensure solar water heaters are installed are well met.
Architect Francis Gichuhi Kamau.