Kenya increasingly turning to solar power, report says

09/01/2012 - Kenya property & investment news Posted by Neil King
Kenya increasingly turning to solar power, report says

Kenya's medical facilities are increasingly turning to solar panel in news that could lead to more properties featuring the same technology. Around 300 medical organisations in the country were using solar energy in 2012, according to figures published by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics, because of problems with hydro-electric energy. Furthermore, the cost of electricity - which has risen by 35 per cent recently - is leading more organisations towards the solar option, trust.org reports. Dr Evan Abwao, who has a practice in Nairobi, told the news provider that solar has become important to what he does. "Not only do I use solar as a power backup, but I use it almost full-time. Apart from making sure that life-saving machines are under solar, I also have to make sure that even the hospital food is cooked with solar-backed power," he explained. Last month, it was reported that Kenya's largest wind power farm will begin producing later this year.