Demand for solar water heaters in Kenya soars

In 2012 Kenya’s energy regulatory commission issued a legal notice to landlords in the country requiring them to install solar water heaters on buildings.

Solar Water Heating Regulations became effective on April 4, 2012 and required all existing buildings within the jurisdiction of local authorities with hot water requirements of a capacity exceeding 100 litres per day to install and use solar heating systems.

A 5 year window period was offered to landlord to give them time to comply with the new directive. The regulation was expected to be effective from May this year. However, ERC said it will give property owners six more months to enable them to secure financing and installations.

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