East African Countries Move to Adopt Renewable Energy Technologies

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Alternative Energy

Maina Waruru, International Correspondent
December 17, 2014  |  Nairobi, Kenya — The East African region is leading the continent’s charge to embrace renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and wind power.

Kenya, Ethiopia and Rwanda are investing heavily in these forms of clean energy and moving away traditional hydropower sources as demand for power continues to surge and economies grow.

Countries lying on the Great Rift Valley, known for its huge geothermal power potential, are investing heavily in resource prospecting, with Kenya leading in both exploration and development. East Africa is also geographically located in the tropics, which equates to big solar potential.

“Countries in the east African region have realized the benefits of embracing renewable energy and many have drafted and put in place policy documents to guide exploitation of clean energy,” said Pavel Oimeke, director of renewable energy at Kenya’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). “Many countries have also developed legislation that…

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