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Rural Kenya to benefit from lighting project

12 September 2013, 19:00 Samuel Min

Nairobi - Renewable energy sources will play a key role in connecting rural Kenya to the national lighting grid, senior officials from Lighting Africa said.

This followed a new report by the joint World Bank’s International Finance Corporation Bank Lighting Africa Program forecasts 140 million more people in the continent will have access to better lighting by the year 2015.

This means that Africa is set to become the world’s largest market for such clean energy lamps, according to the organizations.

The 300 percent growth in off-grid lighting product sales in the past three years buoyed such forecasts.

The “Lighting Africa Market Trends Report 2012– Overview of the Off-Grid Lighting Market in Africa,” provides a snapshot of the off-grid lighting market in Africa.

In the continent, 600 million people still rely on expensive, ineffective, and sometimes dangerous lighting sources, such as kerosene.

Considering this, the IFC’s Lighting Africa project is striving to bring off-grid lighting across Africa by establishing quality standards, investing in consumer education, creating a favourable investment climate and supporting innovative business models.

Itotia Njagi, Lighting Africa’s Program Manager says the IFC and the World Bank are committed to ensuring consumers gain better access to products that meet basic needs while at the same time improving lives across the continent.

“Consumers can access better and clean energy and it does not have to come from the grid. In rural Kenya only five per cent of the population is connected to the grid and this can be changed with access to the renewable energy sources,” adds Njagi.

Lighting Africa plans to reach 250 million people without electricity by the year 2030.

- CAJ News


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