NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to enforce a solar water
heating law in order to mitigate the negative effects of climate
change, the energy regulator said on Thursday.
Regulatory Commission (ERC) Acting Director General Robert Pavez
Oimeke told an energy forum in Nairobi that all the regulations
have already being finalized.
"Beginning in May all commercial buildings will be required
to install solar water heaters as part of plans to green the
Kenyan economy," Oimeke said.
Oimeke noted that majority of commercial institutions such as
factories and schools rely on biomass such as firewood to heat
"This has a huge negative impact on the environment as it
leads to deforestation," he added.
The regulator said that businesses and households are likely
to save between 30 to 50 percent on their electricity bills when
they switch to solar water heaters.
The acting director general noted that the cost of solar
panels has decreased by 50 percent in the past five years.
He said that up to 70 percent of the commercial buildings
have already complied with the law.
"We are assisting the remaining buildings to fit their
premises so that they help Kenya conserve the environment," he
According to the regulator, Kenya relies partly on fossil
fuels to generate electricity and therefore use solar energy
will help Kenya shift away from non-renewable sources of energy.
ERC is currently conducting a study to determine the amount
of savings that Kenya will realize by adopting solar water