In Kenya, construction is set to begin this year on a series of solar power plants, totaling $1.2 billion, that will eventually generate about half of the country's electricity.
As the Guardian reports
Cliff Owiti, a senior administrator at the Kenya Renewable Energy Association, said the move will protect the environment and bring down electricity costs. "We hope that when the entire project is completed by 2016, more than 50% of Kenya's energy production will consist of solar. Already we are witnessing solar investments in Kenya such as a factory that was opened here in 2011 that manufactures solar energy panels."
Combine that with the country's growing demand for electricity of about eight percent a year
and the fact that only about 16 percent of Kenya's population is connected to the electricity grid
, and it's clear there's a big need for new sources of energy. If these solar plans materialize, the sun will play a major role in meeting those needs.
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