By Nicholas Nduati
The government is being urged to create enabling conditions for deployment of off-grid renewable energy solutions by among others working hand in hand with the private sector to expand coverage to those not covered by the national electricity grid.
The call was made during the ongoing International Off Grid Renewable Energy Conference where renewable energy innovators were urged to shift from direct sale of off-grid energy products to integrating the solutions among communities to drive adoption.
Technological advancements in the generation of renewable energy as well as diversified financing models has seen numerous opportunities open up for provision of power at considerable rates to those far from the national electricity grid or where grid extension is not a cost effective alternative.
Deployment of such energy solutions however has been slow and the government is being urged to enhance this by increasing the capacity of independent renewable energy producers to reach those in remote areas.
With remote areas boasting of an abundance of resources that could generate biomass energy, innovations at the ongoing International Off Grid Renewable Energy Conference reveal that the country could save a lot if biomass energy generation technology is adopted in off-grid areas.
At the same time the potential of untapped solar power for off-grid areas in the country remains immense.
With stand-alone renewable energy solutions such as solar home systems being a competitive option for expanding electricity access in rural areas, the relatively high upfront capital cost however still remains a key challenge.