The Sh59 million ($572,272) initiative supported by the French government saw the construction of a 100kWp solar pilot plant unveiled at the university, through the technical help of Urbasolar, reports Kapital FM.
Kenyatta University has switched on the first ever phase of a Ksh 1.7B solar project that will see the institution generate its own electricity#KTNBusinessToday @peterwakaba @KTNNews pic.twitter.com/y4pys9QLE3
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During the commissioning of the project, the French minister for ecological and inclusive transition, Nicolas Hulot, noted the commitment of his government to cut down on fuel emissions.
Hulot said this is in line with the United Nations Environment Programme’s global ambition towards a pollution-free planet. Read more…
“This project is a symbol of what the French government believes it should do when it wants to be at the forefront of the global battle against climate change,” he said.
“Climate change represents a threat to both humankind and the planet and therefore is a common concern for all humankind,” he noted.
Cutting down on fuel emissions
According to Hulot, France is working towards a definite burn of fossil fuels in an effort geared towards eradicating pollution which according to UN statistics accounts for 6.5 million deaths annually, across the globe.
“In my country, I have just submitted a law to burn definitively all oil and gas exploration and exportation in French territory by the year 2040,” he said.
“It is also why I’ve decided to end the selling of all petrol and diesel vehicle in France by the year 2040,” Hulot added.
He urged the Kenyatta University to utilise the solar project, which will be offering training and technical expertise study for the development of utility-scale projects within the university.
“Renewable energy is the way to earn your energy dependency and I believe Kenya should be commended for successfully demonstrating that it is possible to combine an ambitious development agenda alongside championing the development of renewable energy,” he said.
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