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.
Solar Street Light
Solar Street Light
As time goes by, solar power is becoming more popular in different products, in different regions. Before solar power is only introduced via solar panel systems but with the use of modern technology and innovations, many products are now being equipped and powered by solar power. One of the popular solar products today is solar street lights. If you will observe your surroundings, most standard street lights powered by electricity are now being replaced by solar-powered street lights. The main reason why people are gradually switching to solar street lights is their efficiency, conventional performance, and other abundant benefits.
For today’s article, we will share all the basic information about solar street lights.
What is Solar Street Light?
Solar street light is simply an outdoor source of light powered by solar power. It is now becoming the common dependable source for street lighting across the globe due to its unending benefits to consumers. Some of the benefits associated with solar street lights include low dependence and reliance on conventional electricity, conservation of energy, and money-saving. Generally, these street lights are integrated into the pole or mounted on other lighting structures. In regions experiencing abundant sunlight, solar street lights are the best alternative to standard street lights powered by electricity. You can use these street lights to illuminate the streets, patio, backyards, gardens, parking lots, and other public spaces.
Components of Solar Street Light
Modern solar street lights are composed of solar panels, built-in lithium-ion batteries, battery chargers, control systems, automatic controls, motion sensors, and poles. Whereas, a fully advanced and automatic solar street light device comes with LEDs, a built-in and replaceable rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that powers either a fluorescent or LED lamp, passive infrared (PIR) sensors, and other smart features. These solar street lights are usually weather-proof and water-resistant, have a low insect attraction rate, low glare, and long lifespan.
Types of Solar Street Lights
Solar street lights have different types and designs available in the market but below are the most common type that you will see in your neighborhood.
The split solar street light is flexible enough to adjust the location of sunlight to its maximum heat because it has rotatable solar panels. Typically, these street lights are available in two types of solar street lamp systems: 12V and 24V.
- All-in-one Solar Street Light
From the word itself “all-in-one” these lights are composed of many components but compact with one body. All-in-one solar street lights are the new generation set of solar street lights.
- Two-in-one Solar Street Light
It is made with a solar panel bracket design, and cannot carry a solar panel power capacity bigger than 50W. It also has a solar panel installed on the body lamp’s top powered by batteries, LED fixtures, and controllers.
How Does Solar Street Light Works?
The photovoltaic solar cells will emit the sunlight and convert the gathered solar energy into power energy, which is then stored in the solar battery. At night, the lamp will switch on automatically then consumes the solar power that is stored in the battery. During the first 5 hours of the night, the light will work at average lumens brightness. Subsequently, the light intensity will reduce till dawn or increase again once the PIR sensor detects human movement. During the daytime, the light will automatically turn off and the battery will recharge again. The process will start again from emitting to consuming and repeated every day.
Is it Worth it to Install Solar Street Lights?
In comparison to the standard electric street lights, solar street lights are indeed a worthy product. This light cannot only switch you to renewable and cleaner energy but it can also provide you more benefits. It may cost you a huge buck of money at first, but it is a lifetime investment that can return your initial investment multiple times for the next coming years.