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How solar energy is powering off-grid areas in East Africa and lighting up lives

Kenyans can expect to pay less for electricity upon the inauguration of the region’s largest solar plant next month, in the northeastern part of the country.

International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that Africa’s off-grid solar capacity will triple in the next five years to more than 3,000MW.
Under its renewable energy policy of 2010, revised in 2012, Kenya hopes to attract private investors to put money into renewable energy.

According to the IEA report on renewable power, the amount of energy from solar grew by more than 50 per cent, increasing the global output at a faster rate than any other fuel, with off-grid solar accelerating this growth.

Source: The EastAfrican

 


 

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