By Ronald Njoroge NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyans are rushing to beat the Nov. 30 deadline for the installation of solar
water heating systems, bringing more opportunities for suppliers of such
products, an energy company has said.
the Energy (solar water heating) Regulations of 2012, all industrial, commercial
and large residential buildings in urban centers are required to install solar
water heating systems.
that should have expired on May 25 was extended to Nov. 30 by the Energy
Regulatory Commission to give Kenyans more time to implement the rule.
owners who fail to comply with the law risk fines of up to 10,000 U.S. dollars.
Njoroge, General Manager of Chloride Exide, a solar solutions and emerging
renewable energy products firm, said the law has increased demand for solar
products in the country.
beginning of the year, we have seen a surge in demand for solar systems in order
to comply with the law,” Njoroge said.
therefore increased out personnel in order to assist Kenyans to conform to the
regulations,” he added.
African nation enacted the Solar Water Heating Regulations in 2012 and gave
building owners a five-year grace period to implement the order.
requires all premises within the jurisdiction of local authorities with hot
water capacity requirements of over 100 liters a day to install solar heating
“There is a
potential 30,000 to 40,000 households and 10,000 commercial institutions that
are yet to comply with the law,” Njoroge said.
He added that
Kenya is ideally placed to tap into the solar energy given its geographic
its straddles the equator, it has abundant sunshine throughout the year,” he
Exide Lead Design Engineer Sammy Waite identified the biggest barrier to the
solar uptake as the huge upfront costs for the purchasing equipment.
households will need 1,200 dollars and institutions 10,000 dollars for the solar
system. Waite noted that solar energy does provide consumers with significant
savings in the long run though.
said that the cost of heating water accounts for approximately 60 percent of the
electricity bills of average consumers.
He added that
the cost of solar equipment has dropped by more than 25 percent in the past two
previous barrier of high upfront costs for solar has been significantly
reduced,” he said.