Kenyans and real estate developers have been urged to maximize their use of solar energy to tame the ever rising cost of electricity prices thereby increasing their profits.
The head of marketing VEP Solar enterprises Betty Wambui said that unlike the negative perception by Kenyans on the use of solar energy, the sector was key in cutting down cost of production.
She said that a solar lighting pilot project by VEP to real estates in Athi-river and Landless in Thika town showed superb electricity bills cuts to the investors by almost 60 percent as compared to use of electricity.
Wambui thereby urged real estate developers to incorporate the solar water heating system in their designs as it significantly reduced the amount of electricity used by households thus reducing the amount used on bills and dependency on the national grid.
“We are in discussion with the county government of Kiambu and Narok to work on solar street lighting project which will save them a lot of money spent on paying electricity bills. Am urging corporates, real estate developers and individuals to incorporate the use of solar in their premises to cut down their operational costs,” she said.
She explained that solar products are cheap contrary to the notion that the products are expensive adding that solar energy provided an all-time service to clients unlike thermo energy whose outages experience has been chastised by users.
Wambui explained that street lighting has operational sensors that require minimum manpower unlike electricity which must be switched to illuminate adding that the initial installation cost was friendly.
“Imagine at a cost of Kshs.12, 000, you can have fully installed street light. There no more need to do a lot of wiring, solar energy has eliminated monthly bills, our organization provide an extra incentive by giving a one year warranty with your gadgets remaining intact for a period of over five years.
She stated that solar energy was most convenient for people in the rural areas and those far from the national grid pointing out that the company was providing solar home systems which has three bulbs, a torch, and radio and phone charger.
“The solar products can also work in temperatures as low as five degree and in cold places like Limuru making them useable even on cold water areas,” she explained.