Adoption of solar energy technologies is critical for driving economic prosperity of rural communities. These technologies promote development of sustainable agribusiness ventures, catalyze shift from subsistence farming to commercial farming and enable creation of business enterprises.
Kenya has huge potential for solar energy because of the very intense solar insolation that the country enjoys. Despite the introduction of solar and other renewable technologies in the country decades ago, adoption and penetration of these technologies is very low. Data shows that uptake of such technologies is dependent on ‘learning-by-doing’ effects and appreciation of the future savings in comparison to costs associated fuel and off grid energy operations.
In collaboration with Safaricom Foundation, GIZ EnDev program, AIS has conducted various community outreach programs in Kajiado South sub county to promote solar energy technologies and its integration in agriculture.