Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Rejoicing after power blackout in Kenya

 Why it was rejoice time after Power Black out in Kenya. January 9th 2018

It was time for power back ups to prove how long they can back up households, businesses, offices and security lights now that Kenya power and lighting company had done it again.

Yes KPLC have done it again. in 2016 a similar black out took over the whole country after a major fault. The company blamed the black out on a primate that fell onto a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station, according to Kenya Electricity Generating Company, or Ken Gen, which owns the facility. The station is the largest generator in the country.
Kenya power argued the yesterdays black out started at 4.30 pm but most residents fail to agree to that. Some who inquired on plexus energy page for solar power says that the black out started as early as 1200hour(noon)
The black out was experienced nationwide. the areas that were affected include many parts of Bomet, Embu, Kiambu, Kisii, Kisumu, Laikipia, Nairobi, Narok, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Mombasa, Meru, Taita Taveta, Tharaka-Nithi and Uasin Gishu counties.
Gasoline driven generators could be heard all around Nairobi as landlord efforts to keep their tenants in the light and powered. an example is Nation center and other media buildings in Nairobi town. The generators made sound harmoniously and the emission were seen rise out of every building that run their gensets.
People living in areas around Nairobi expressed their anger on social media due to the noise made by the Gasoline generators. The harmonious sound of the generators was like one big old steam driven trains of the 80s. They made sounds that were disturbing more than mosquitoes and emissions that would be confused for fire.

 Here are few who were REJOICING during the BLACK OUT IN KENYA.

Mrs. Lydia, Nyali West Estate 

After Plexus Energy Ltd installed a 2000watts solar panels, 5kw inverter and an 800 Ah battery bank solar power system at her residency in Nyali West Estate in Gachie back in 2015, Mrs Lydia was one of the Nairobi residents that was boosting and rejoicing about the greatness of solar power. Her house runs purely on solar energy and uses power from Kenya Power and Lighting Company as her back up. SEE PICTURES.

Driver's Universe

The company is Located at Ngong road. It is in business of selling cars and security to them was a major priority. They took action back in 2017 and confronted plexus energy to install solar power energy at the car yard and offices. The company also runs purely on solar energy and uses KPLC as their back up. SEE PICTURES

Eng. Joseph Chege, Mwihoko

Engineer installed solar power back in 2015 and he has been powered throughout the past years. He don't even notice the KPLC is gone not unless some neighbor knocks at the gate requesting Engineer to refer them to the solar energy guy or requesting him to charge their mobile phones to keep business moving. The system has never failed and Plexus energy Ltd is always there for the scheduled maintenance of the system. SEE PICTURES

Solar energy is the only way to avoid black outs at home and reduce noise pollution together with the emissions made by the gen-sets. Plexus energy will help you work out a system for your house and be there for you for annual scheduled maintenance.

Thank you for reading,
Technician and editor, Plexus energy.

Reasons to go solar now in Kenya

Solar energy is booming now more than ever, with every part of the globe crying over the rapid change of weather being brought by global warming. Government and nonprofit NGOs are encouraging households, institution and government to go solar. Solar is the ultimate weapon to global warming and a clean green environment. By choosing to install solar panel for electricity, you save a lot on grid consumption which use fossil fuels to generate its electricity. On the hand installing solar water heaters you save still on having to heat water using the same fossil fuel generated electricity. So the big question is, if you can save this much using solar energy, why not invest on it?

Below are 5 reasons why you should install solar power in Kenya? 

Government is getting serious about solar so should you.

Recently the energy regulatory commission of Kenya released a public notice saying that “All premises within the jurisdiction of local authorities with hot water requirements of a capacity exceeding one hundred litres per day shall install and use solar heating systems” This regulation focuses on:

  • Domestic Residential Premises 
  • Educational Institutions 
  • Health Institutions 
  • Hotels and Lodges 
  • Restaurants, Cafeterias and other eating places 
  • Laundries.
ERC goes ahead and mentions in the public notice that “Within a period of five years from the effective date of the Regulations, all existing premises with hot water requirements of a capacity exceeding one hundred litres per day shall install and use solar heating systems”. This should be one of the reasons you go solar in Kenya. It’s a rule. Abide!!

Unstable grid power.

Black outs, failed transformers, over voltages, blue dresses men around your house every end month, why all this hustles while you can manage your power from home. Many are the times we here funny excuses from our grid company on why there is black out. We all have to admit that, the Kenya population is increasing rapidly and soon the power from our grid company won’t be enough for us all. And what will happen is that rationing of power will increase up to days per area. Can you handle that? I guess not. Then do what others are not doing and install solar power on your roof.

Solar energy increases the value of your home.

Apart from the aesthetics that solar panels installed to your roof give your house, the overall value of your house increases too. Looking at real estate business now, most of the house that you are likely to get has a solar energy system installed either solar water heater, solar energy back up or solar hybrid system? The houses with solar systems are usually expensive than the ones that are blank. You have to view solar energy as an asset not a liability.

Solar energy is the future.

Choosing going solar puts you ahead of the curve. Plus, there’s nothing way enticing than powering your entire home using energy from the sun, right? Deciding whether you’ll add solar panels at home is like pondering about your very first home purchase. It requires careful thought and consideration but the benefits you’ll reap are undeniable. Go solar today and see how it can transform your life for the better.

Solar power helps you be independent of electricity.

You won’t be in the mercy of utility providers. They can raise energy costs all they want but it you won’t be affected at all. When there are blackouts, you’d still have power since you rely on solar energy, which is a renewable source. As long as the sun is up there, even during cloudy days, you are good.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Kenya to Install 23 Solar Mini-Grids to Power Remote North

The Kenya government, with the support of a 33-million-euro credit from the French government, plans to install 23 solar mini-grid power stations with the capacity to produce 9.6 MW of power to connect households in remote northern Kenya to electricity.

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