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Solar Market Outlook in Kenya

There is an ongoing debate in Kenya’s energy sector because of the growing shift towards solar energy. The leading electricity distributor in Kenya has cited a decrease in revenue as more consumers and businesses are shifting towards solar power.

The proponents of solar energy continue to champion the benefits of this renewable energy source and consumers are shifting to solar power generation, which continues to eat further into the traditional electric distributors’ profits. The high cost of electricity and taxes are the primary motivation to consider renewable energy as an alternative source. As of now, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority in Kenya has reported that solar energy accounts for 1% of the country’s current electricity mix. And yet, the country’s location in the equatorial zone means that it has high potential for solar energy. Solar is, therefore, looked at as a viable energy source and as part of the effort to achieve carbon emission goals. Despite having the highest exposure to the sun, Kenya is the most underdeveloped in terms of solar PV capacity. The wider adoption of solar energy will require education and training to succeed. 

Solar Energy Equipment Supply Capacity in Kenya

There is a lack of domestic suppliers and distributors of solar power equipment. They rely on the importation of these supplies from global and online suppliers and distributors. 

Top  Major Seaports & Logistics in Kenya

There are plenty of commercial ports in Kenya wherein solar equipment can be transported. Some of them include

  • the Port of Shimoni,
  • Kilindini Harbor,
  • Port Tudor,
  • Port Reitz, Port of Kiunga,
  • Port of Lamu,
  • Port of Mombasa, 
  • Port of Mbaraki.

PV Meter

Wholesale PV Meter

A PV meter, also known as a solar meter, is a device that is used to measure the kWh production from a PV system. To be more specific, solar meters collect the PV yield production and local energy consumption to monitor and analyze PV plant performance. Solar meters usually come with a monitoring function to alert the owners of the PV system of issues with the PV system performance, letting them quickly resolve issues and maximize the return of investment. PV system data is transferred to a monitoring platform that provides a concise presentation of PV yields, monetary savings, and system performance. 

Solar meters, which do the measuring, can be internal or external to the inverter. All inverters include an internal meter, but oftentimes, these meters are not revenue grade. External meters can be installed along the AC line between the inverter and the main distribution panel. This allows one meter to measure the output from multiple inverters, which can create significant cost savings as well as a collection of more precise PV yield data if the meter is revenue grade. Moreover, a few solar meters can connect directly to the inverter through an RS485 or Ethernet cable, providing additional data for system monitoring and diagnostics.

How Does a Meter for Solar Work?

In order to measure electrical power (kW) — the rate of production — two aspects must be measure: current and voltage. The current represents the amount of electricity (electrons) flowing through a conductor. Meanwhile, the voltage represents the pressure pushing the electricity through the conductor. 

The current is usually measured by sensing the strength of the magnetic field produced when electricity flows through a conductor. A current sensor installed around a conductor is the current transformer (CT). The voltage is measured directly by the meter via two or more connections to the electrical service. The meter multiplies the current by the voltage to calculate apparent power (VA) and compares the current and voltage signals to calculate the power factor (Pf). The apparent power is multiplied by the power factor to calculate real power (P). Real power is then integrated over time to calculate real energy (kWh). 

What Are the Different Types of PV Meters?

Net Meters

Net meters show the net consumption of power in the household. A net meter does not show how much solar electricity is pushed out to the grid or how much “regular” electricity is taken in from the grid. It merely indicates the difference between the two — or the “net usage.” One fact about the net meter that everyone needs to be aware of is that the net meter actually runs backward if the system is producing more solar energy than the owner of the system is using at that point in time. 

Bi-Directional Meters

Bi-directional meters have three display screens. One is a test screen where all lights are on. The second screen shows power coming in from the grid, and the third shows power going out from the solar system into the grid. 

Dual Metering

In a dual metering situation, there are two separate meters that do not communicate. The original utility meter continues to show how much electricity is being taken from the utility. This is called the usage meter. A new, second meter measures how much solar electricity is sent to the utility. This is called a production meter or a generation meter. Both meters are tied to the electric company account of the owner of the system.  

Why Buy Wholesale Solar Meters for PV Systems from Us?

Our website lists solar meters from reputable brands all over the world. As a result, you can expect that the solar meters that we offer are of the best variety. They are characterized by numerous remarkable features, such as higher efficiency, reliable performance, and longer life span, thus giving them the ability to fulfill all your solar power needs. 

If you want to buy solar meters for PV systems at low wholesale prices, then go through our website to explore products with profitable deals. You can also choose to send in your query at info@solarfeeds.com.