The Council of Governors and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organized a four-day workshop on renewable energy planning for counties at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). The four day training was officially opened by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago. The participants were educated on how to invest in various renewable sources, energy planning and utilization of appropriate technologies to optimally exploit available sources.
Giving a keynote speech, Governor Mandago advised that in order for Kenya to reduce over reliance on expensive diesel generators, more forms of clean energy like solar, water, wind and biogas, which exist in substantial amounts across the country need to be exploited.
The governor who heads the Infrastructure and Energy Committee at the Council of Governors warned that should the country continue relying on carbon based energy in the wake of global warming, then the end result would be disaster.
‘’We need to diversify into sources that are clean, renewable and can keep our environment safe for human habitation,’’ Governor Mandago said.
Mandago who has been appointed to the World Council of Renewable Energy lauded JKUAT for the renewable energy technologies, which he said could be harnessed to help counties increase access to affordable, sustainable and reliable energy supply.
On her part, the Vice Chancellor of JKUAT, Prof. Mabel Imbuga stated that JKUAT engineers had pioneered innovative research that digests water hyacinth into biogas.
‘’The technology can be deployed to create jobs to our counties along the Lake while providing a source of clean energy for the residents and Kenyans at large,’’ Prof. Imbuga remarked.
Prof. Imbuga also informed the workshop that JKUAT had launched a home-gas project that seeks to provide rural households with mini-biogas units that run on animals waste.
Charles Kalomba who also addressed the opening session on behalf of UNIDO, said the organization remains committed to help counties realize renewable energy potential towards livelihoods transformation.