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Solar offers big opportunity for the underserved regions

In Kenya, a strategy to deliberately tap and optimise alternative sources of energy such as the sun has been put in place to ensure that citizens living in the counties outside the better served central corridor also have access to modern energy.

A number of factors favour the optimal harnessing of solar energy for use by Kenyan households and community facilities. For starters, according to the World Bank’s Global Solar Atlas, Kenya ranks among the countries with the highest irradiance or solar yield in Africa.

Secondly, Kenya has a well-developed standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) systems market, which has in the last two decades become a magnet for investors due to its depth and dynamism.

While this market started being nurtured in the mid-1980s, its development received renewed momentum when Kenya was chosen, alongside Ghana, as one of the two pilot countries for the World Bank’s Lighting Africa project.

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