By Ronald Njoroge NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s solar water heating law will take effect
on May 25 as part of efforts to promote the uptake of renewable
energy, the energy regulator said Thursday.
Commission (ERC) said that under the new regulations, all
industrial, commercial and large residential buildings in urban
centers are required to install solar water heating systems.
“Any person who
contravenes or fails to comply with any of these regulations
commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine
not exceeding 9,708 U.S. dollars or to imprisonment for a term
not exceeding one year or both,” ERC said in statement released
The East African
nation enacted the Solar Water Heating Regulations in 2012 and
gave building owners a five-year grace period to implement the
The law requires
that all premises within the jurisdiction of local authorities
with hot water requirements of a capacity exceeding 100 liters
per day to install and use solar heating systems.
In addition, all
electric power distributors and suppliers shall not provide
electricity supply to premises where a solar water heating
system has not been installed.
ERC said that the
law will help Kenyans reduce reliance on electricity produced by
fossils fuels as they contribute to emission of greenhouse
indicate that Kenya has an installed electricity capacity of
2,325 megawatts as at December 2016.
ERC noted that the
majority of Kenyans still rely on biomass and firewood for
domestic cooking needs. “The deforestation is contributing to
the climate change,” said the energy regulator.