Wednesday, September 19, 2018
 Generation of wind energy at Ngong hills- a source of clean and renewable energy

Generation of wind energy at Ngong hills- a source of clean and renewable energy

Climate change and sustainability are today at the top of the international agenda, and Countries at all stages of development have increasingly established national climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies to respond to climate change.

Renewable sources of energy are becoming ever more important to sustainable economic growth, with the recognition that, the countries likely to be hardest hit by changing climate are those least equipped to respond, but offer the greatest potential for innovative low carbon development and green growth pathways, Kenya included.

Kenya faces many environmental challenges that include deforestation, soil erosion, and land degradation, desertification, and loss of biodiversity, water scarcity and pollution from industries. However, despite all that, the Country’s National Energy Policy was designed to facilitate provision of clean, sustainable, affordable, reliable and secure energy services at least cost, while protecting the environment.

 Biomass production plant at  Keekonyokie,  Kajiado county

Biomass production plant at Keekonyokie, Kajiado county

Historically, our Country has been dependent on hydroelectric sources of energy; at its peak, it supplied over 80% of the country’s electricity. Since the late 1990s, however, hydroelectric production has been unstable and even declined in recent years.  Although a renewable source, relying on hydroelectric is risky in areas prone to devastating droughts. Our country is becoming increasingly vulnerable to climate change and the reliability of hydroelectric as a primary energy source is insecure, hence, the need to focus on the other feed-in tariffs for renewables such as solar, wind, and biomass, as the country has several national policy documents, long-term plans, and strategic initiatives designed to promote and invest in other renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and  biomass

 

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