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New energy regulation policy to take effect in November

Citizens of Kenya are getting ready for hard-hitting energy regulations law. Come this November non-compliant individuals will face a one year jail-term or Sh1 million fine. The Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations comes into effect in November 26 and necessitates that all existing buildings within the jurisdiction of local authorities with hot water requirements of a capacity more than 100 litres per day to install and use solar heating systems.

Prof Izael Da Silva says the new policy will also see owners of three bedroom houses obligated to use solar for water heating. “This is a good law due to the actuality that our nation needs more power in industries and extra energy to power rural regions,” said Da Silva. “Full execution of the policy would see more taken to regions in need.” talking at the launch of M-tatu solar in Nairobi on Thursday, the intellectual advised Kenyans to adopt solar as a means to also protect environment from pollution. M-tatu solar is a product of Pipe Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of EIT Africa.

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Pipe Energy intends to set up 100,000 units in the next five years. This stands for a 5 percent market share valued at Sh17.5 billion. Chairman Lemmy Mbogori said the sh 20 billion five-year project is a innovative hybrid solar system that integrates solar for power and water heating in single affordable unit. “It has been designed to merge the traditional solar PV (Photovoltaic) and thermal technologies in a single unit that produces both hot water and electricity,” he said. “We have a 2-year funding arrangement with First Community Bank (FCB) in Kenya which speeds up uptake and relieves the load on the country’s Solar Water Heating Regulations.”

Kenya is presumed to be the prevalent economy in eastern Africa, a factor that has made it a favorite for international energy investors in spite of the improving attraction of the other economies.

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