REREC announces Sh431m revenue generated from Garissa Solar Power as it starts operations
SEE ALSO :The unseen war - Part 2Gicharu reiterated that they will give leadership and endeavour to restructure the corporation with the aim to best reflect on in our mandate. He announced they will strengthen their research division in order to continue and acquire more innovative, world class best practices to achieve energy conservation. Gicharu said they will farther engage the citizens as well as the Kenyan government on creation of conducive policies in order to achieve noble task of sustainability in renewable energy. Gicharu said Kenya was losing up to sh 300 million annual from acts of vandalism on electrical installations across the board. ''Time has come through the 47 energy centres where the community shall be involved to try and eradicate vandlalsim. The era of criminalising vandalism should be a thing of the past once we have the community fully embrassing power projects themselves,'' he said. Solar experts say Kenya, like most African nations, has a high potential to generate solar energy given high radiation levels from the sun throughout the year. The intensity of sunlight, not heat levels, determines solar electricity product. Kenya has more than 300 days of sunshine per year, double Germany’s — which is the global leader in solar energy production with an installed capacity of more than 40,000 megawatts. Gicharu said solar energy offers Kenya the shortest route to lighting off-grid towns that have for long relied on expensive diesel generators to produce electricity. The agency plans to set up 147 small solar plants in off-grid towns, with the aim of lighting up the majority of homes starting next month. They include Mandera, Garissa, Turkana, Wajir, Lamu and Tana River. Gicharu said connecting off-grid towns by stretching the national grid would take longer and gulp enormous resources, making solar the most viable alternative. The solar power project funded by Chinese loan at Sh13 billion will add more power to the national grid and comes at a time when the 310 mw Turkana Wind Farm injected 146 million Kwh. CEO, Peter Mbugua said that as a matter of urgency, they shall be focusing on immediate rebranding to ensure that the Kenyan population is well aversed with the work and mandate of REREC. ''As a new entity coming with expanded mandate, we shall also relook at budgetary allocation to make the corporation more viable and able to respond to daily needs of the community which we are to serve with dedication,'' Mbugua said.