NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese solar firms are keen to venture into the
Kenyan market where uptake of cleaner energy sources has
accelerated amid policy and regulatory incentives alongside
greater awareness on their benefits.
from these companies who told Xinhua recently at an energy and
power expo held in Nairobi were upbeat about the future of
Kenya’s market for solar lighting technologies.
Susan Lee, vice president of Shenzhen Power Solution Limited
said Kenya presents a lucrative and expanding market for solar
equipment as the East African Nation accelerates the shift to
renewable energy sources.
"Our main focus in household solar solutions that are
affordable but are of high quality.
"We are scouting for a Kenyan franchise to distribute our
products that include solar lanterns, torches and solar study
lamps," Lee said.
Shenzhen power solution has established a strong footprint in
several African countries in the recent past.
According to Lee, the solar company that was founded 30 years
ago has prioritized expansion in Southeast Asia and Africa where
millions of poor households are not connected to the national
"In the last eight years, we have invested in solar solutions
that are tailor made for populations that are not connected to
"We have a strong presence in many parts of Africa and Asia,"
Shenzhen Power Solution Ltd is a leading manufacturer of
solar LED lighting, solar study lamps and torches that have
struck a chord with Kenyan consumers due to their durability and
The company’s unique products such as solar lantern with
radio and mobile charging capability could provide respite to
Kenya’s air pollution challenges linked to rampant use of
kerosene and wax candles.
"We are here to help Kenyans get rid of indoor pollution
associated with kerosene lamps. Our products will help clear
smog that is a leading cause of respiratory diseases," she told
She revealed that a solar study lamp and torch will retail
for 2 dollars in the Kenyan market while a solar lantern with
phone charger will cost 13 U.S. dollars.
"The idea is to ensure consumers have access to low cost but
high quality and durable integrated solar solutions," she said,
adding that discussions with additional local distributors are
at an advanced stage.
Isaac Mbugua, a local vendor for Shenzhen Power Solution’s
products since 2015 said Kenyan consumers have been receptive to
Chinese manufactured solar technologies.
"Based on my observation, there is a higher demand for solar
lighting solutions from China.
"The products have met our quality benchmarks and so far no
customer has complained of breakages," said Mbugua.
He revealed that 80 percent of clients for Shenzhen Power
Solution’s products like solar lanterns and torches are in rural
Kenya’s quest to become a green energy powerhouse has not
escaped the attention of well-endowed Chinese solar firms.
Leo Leung, the Sales Director of Guangzhou-based manufacturer
of integrated solar solutions, Esavior, said Kenya presents a
formidable market for solar technologies as households and
industries embrace cleaner energy sources.
"We are already in fifteen African countries but Kenya has
better prospects especially in household solar lighting.
"County governments and charities are the biggest market for
solar panels and LED solar street lights," said Leung.
Evans Kamau, a local distributor for Esavior products for the
last two years said they are highly rated by household and
"The market has been receptive to our products and currently,
we have partnered with five counties to install solar street
lights," said Kamau, adding that Esavior’s local franchise has
the capacity to install up to 10,000 units of solar power.
Chinese manufacturers and distributors of solar technologies
are keen to venture into the Kenyan market which promises better
returns thanks to rising purchasing power.
Daniel Liu, general manager of Divine New Energy expressed
confidence in the Kenyan market, saying it presents new
opportunities for investors in green technologies.
"We are looking for partners in Kenya to distribute solar
portable lighting equipment that is both durable and cheaper,"
On her part, business manager of Qingdoo Sunflare New Energy
Company Ltd, Lauren Liu said her company is in the process of
partnering with a local vendor to distribute solar panels and
"Kenya is a big market for solar lighting systems and we are
looking for a local distributor to make them accessible to
clients at cheaper rates," said Lauren.