Manufacturer´s association urges SMEs to adopt green energy

Written By: Judith Akolo
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The Kenya Association of Manufacturers is urging Small and Medium Enterprises to adopt green energy solutions to ease their cost of power and improve efficiency in production.

Speaking during stakeholders meeting on energy efficiency, KAM Business Development Lead Joyce Njogu says adoption of energy efficient mechanism could see the enterprise shed up to 30 percent in their monthly power charges.

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Last year after calls to subsidise power for the small and medium size enterprises the Energy Regulatory Commission lowered charges for small business consuming at least 100 kilowatt hour to Kshs 15.17 shilling per unit from Kshs 22.19 per unit consumed.

The Kenya Association of Manufacturers is now looking to push for incentives to lower cost of production associated with power targeting Micro Small and Medium Enterprises who adopt energy saving methods in their manufacturing processes.

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Small businesses make up only 30 percent of these industries.

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Kenya Power has further committed to provide Energy Advisory services to small businesses.

MSMES who now make up 60 percent of KAMS membership, are being encouraged to adopt green energy solution to ease their power bills and improve production KAM now says that a reward scheme is one of the incentives it is giving its small members through an Energy Management Awards scheme.

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Njogu added that by adopting energy efficient methods in a small business, one ends up saving between 20 to 30 percent in energy costs.

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