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Kenya: ERC extends solar water heater requirements deadline

As the deadline closed this month, the Kenya Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has announced an extension regarding the regulation for solar water heater requirements for home owners and commercial buildings.

Last month, ESI Africa reported that the regulator emphasised that as the grace period came to a close, Kenyans that have not installed solar water heaters will either face jail time or pay a $9,682 fine by May 2017. Read more…

However, this week ERC said it will give the property owners six more months to enable them to secure financing and  installations, the Daily Nation reported.

Speaking to media, ERC acting director-general, Pavel Oimeke, said: “We’ll publish a notice to inform them of a six-month grace period after May 25.”

Solar water heater requirements

It is reported that the requirements applies to residential premises (three-bedrooms and above), health institutions, restaurants and hotels, boarding schools and other similar commercial operations.

Kenya came up with the solar water heater requirements in 2012, in efforts to encourage the use of renewable sources and ease pressure on the national grid, media reported.

Under the regulations, all new premises with hot water requirements of more than 100 litres per day must be fitted with solar heating systems.

Regulation guidelines

According to media, the rules prohibit Kenya Power from approving electricity connections to premises that lack solar installations.

ERC’s preliminary audits indicate that 150,000 of three million buildings (both new and old) have installed hot water systems, media stated. Read more..

The cost of a complete solar water heater system for commercial buildings is reported to range between Sh600,000 ($5,809) and Sh2 million ($19,365).


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Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.