Charles MuchunkuExclusive interview with Charles Muchunku, Chairman, Kenya Renewable Energy Association (KEREA) Kenya, who will lead the renewable debate at the upcoming EAPIC in Nairobi in August.

Please tell us more about your organisation, KEREA, and who you represent?

Established in 2002, the Kenya Renewable Energy Association is a business membership organisation whose objective is to improve the business environment for renewables in Kenya.

What are the activities that KEREA offers and what are your goals?

  • Promoting and creating awareness on renewable energy as well as providing information on renewable energy markets, market actors and technologies
  • Supporting training, capacity building and certification activities in the renewable energy field and accreditation of renewable energy product and service providers
  • Research for purposes of informing advocacy and lobbying activities and to collect information on renewable energy products and markets
  • Pro-renewable energy lobbying and advocacy to improve the business environment and encourage adoption

Networking, Business Linkages and Coordination, to facilitate and encourage synergies between various activities e.g. programmes, projects and/or initiatives in the renewable energy field

In your view, what are the main challenges in making renewables an affordable easy-to-access energy resource?

Accessing markets, high upfront cost of renewable energy products, market spoilage (due to bad business practice (e.g. marketing poor quality products) and lack of technical capacity to provide RE related services).

At EAPIC you are part of the programme, including The Big Debate: Is Renewable Energy the Solution to Universal Access to Affordable Energy. What will be your message at the event?

It is a noble goal: the next step is on identifying what can/ should be done to achieve this.

What are you most looking forward to at EAPIC?

Networking and learning about new technical advancements and RE business opportunities