Kenya’s green energy
Kenya after tolerating darkness for last few decades comes out of it like a glittering beam. Solar panels became their ray of hope absolving daily predicaments. Shedding off its’ dismal past it has now leading African countries towards green energy. It is astounding to watch large stretches of hutments with a solar panel on each shining through the sunlight and so the huts in the night.
Taking a big stride in renewable energy generation Kenya came a long way from other African countries. With its closely knitted solar system micro-grid network this African country has become fully self sustainable about its power needs. Which has, like it’s other counterparts- Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia –changed the face of poverty stricken Kenya.
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The changing scenario is quite symbolic of the revolution spreading across the continent. The new electricity company has quite done a job by providing low cost solar systems for domestic power use. With qualities like durability, sure tested, non-pollutant it has bought big change to the conventional lighting methods. Till now they have been using gas stoves, kerosene lamps, fuel consuming generators, charcoal as power producers which is not only hazardous to human life but also financially unaffordable.
There were times when it’s hardly possible for women and children to walk on street after dusk. With no street lights there was steep increase in number of crimes such as theft, ransacking and studying under the kerosene lamp was ordeal for school going children. But now with advent of inexpensive and low maintenance solar energy products life has became a lot simpler.
The one who is most cashing on these solar systems are rural population and small scale merchants. By superseding diesel generators to solar panels they brought down the cost spent on electricity five folds of what they used to pay for it. Once they had to go to town just to recharge their cell phone batteries, now with small solar home systems put up on their houses which can produce power enough to lit several CFL bulbs and charge their cell phones.
First experiment of solar revolution in early 80s was quite disappointing and the major aim of the continuing program is to beat out these obstacles. When for the first time solar panels, mostly donated by international NGO’s, were installed in African countries they were torn into pieces to make ornaments. A few survived were broken down without the maintenance which was often unaffordable for poor countrymen.
But still people along the remote areas of this country depends upon kerosene lamps, candles and diesel operated generators to lit their homes which is not only expensive where a person, who is sole breadwinner of the house earns around 2$ per day, but also deteriorating health conditions of children. The use of diesel generators by small businesses also boosted CO2 emissions into the environment which is almost 30 to 50 million tons per year. Taking away all these fuel consuming wares from all the households means substantial decrease in this amount.
While some doubts about solar energy’s ability to fulfill intense power demand of these countries others hope that a single CFL bulb, a circuit providing electricity to charge ubiquitous cell phones and a household free of ailments could become a life altering event. As night crawls we peep inside their homes and can see children with contentment on their face studying under illuminating CFL bulbs or one can listen to their stories about how their health conditions are evolving at the arrival of the solar revolution.