The economy could benefit greatly if more solar energy is harnessed for commercial and domestic applications, Environment Principal Secretary Mr Charles Sunkuli has said.

Mr Sunkuli observed that Kenya is stepping up efforts to propagate the use of renewable energy that will mitigate the vagaries of climate change in the country, whose economy depends on climate sensitive sectors.

The PS regretted that the percentage of solar energy harnessed for commercial and domestic use was insignificant despite the country receiving solar radiation all the year round. This, he added, is estimated at between four and six kilowatt per hour per square metre daily that is adequate for both lighting and heating.

Mr Sunkuli was speaking on Tuesday, when he flagged off energy saving equipment that will be used for training in 10 (ten) Technical Training Institutes across the country in an effort to propagate use of renewable energy.

He noted that Kenya has prioritised the deployment of clean and efficient energy technologies in its contribution to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change submitted in the run-up to the land mark France Conference in 2015, where nations agreed to cut down on their greenhouse gases emission.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has supported the Low Emission Climate Resilient Development Project by injecting over Ksh700 million. Part of the cash has been used for training and infrastructure.

The energy saving training will be conducted in Technical Training Institutes spread across Nyanza, Eastern, North Eastern, Central, Western, Coaster and Nairobi regions.

A training manual on the installation, maintenance and repair of Solar photovoltaic and water heating has also been developed through stakeholder consultations. Already trainers have been inducted through Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in collaboration with other organisations.

Mr Sunkuli expressed confidence that through such training, Kenya will achieve its long-term goal of transformative and sustainable climate resilient economic growth.

 

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