This past week South Africa came up with a Green Accord that is meant to create at least 300,000 jobs in the green energy sector.
The sectors targeted in this accord are agriculture,energy and transport.
It hopes to manufacture wind turbines and solar panels locally to meet the country’s energy needs.
Meanwhile back home in Kenya fuel prices have gone up again and everything else from the packet of milk to the tomatoes at the grocery will soon reflect this rise in price.
I was watching a short feature on one of the news channels that was focusing on solar energy use and was appalled to see a government employee decrying the high cost of solar energy.
In his opinion it was a venture too expensive for the government to undertake.
Yet if you think about it there would be so much to be saved in the long run.
Apparently it only takes about 130,000 Kenya shillings to install a solar system in a residential house.
If you think about the annual cost in expenditure on electricity bills annaully per household , we would see that using solar energy would be win- win for all involved in the long run?
The Kenyan government has been talking of commissioning a nuclear plant,which will cost billions in tax payers money.Yet being in the tropics and enjoying so much sunlight we would be better of making use of what we already have-the sun.
Countries which do not enjoy as much sunlight as we do are already making use of the free energy the sun provides by investing in it,so why cant we?
Will we always remain a anet importer of fuel to power diesel driven genrators,shackling the Kenyan tax payer with more national debts to pay and to a life of misery .
What is the work of the expertts and bureaucrats in the energy ministry if they are not offering alternatives to the energy crisis that will only become worse as the Kenyan population grows?
Maybe it is up to home owners now to take charge of their energy use,next time you are putting up that sprawling mansion,put aside some money to install your own solar panels to power your home use.
That way you will be saving yourself a lot of heart ache from the intermittent supply from the Kenyan Power and thousands of shillings in electricity costs in the long run.