NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya, Togo and Bangladesh should invest
more in standalone power generation projects like solar
mini-grids and biogas to ensure easy access to clean lighting
and cooking energy, thus ending energy poverty, an organization
“We are talking
about 76 percent of people in some of these regions depending on
biomass like firewood for their cooking,” said Jechoniah Kitala,
the Kenya manager for Practical Action Consulting.
implications are severe because of inhaling this smoke,” he
said, explaining that prolonged exposure to smoke from firewood
and charcoal has largely impacted poor people.
firewood in the forests means they are being depleted at a time
when climate change, which can be slowed by planting more trees,
is wrenching the environment.
Kitala was speaking
in Nairobi on Tuesday when launching the report titled: Poor
People’s Energy Outlook 2017, which was done after research in
the three countries.
The report finds out
that for adequate investments in clean energy, governments of
these three countries will need to invest at least 72 U.S.
dollars per person per year up to the year 2030.
The report notes
that these investments should be scaled up in building more
solar powered mini-grids, investing in standalone household
solar projects, making liquid petroleum gas affordable,
expanding existing national grid to cover more rural areas, and
investing in solar cooking solutions, among others.