Government moves to stop use of solar energy

I cannot overemphasize what Barrack and Keith have stated above. I teach
online classes at a public university and I have observed, together with
some colleagues, that we get a slightly less than 50% turnout per session
with students claiming challenges ranging from:
1. Lack of Device
2. Lack of Electricity
3. Power Loss
4. Lack of Network/Internet Connection

A *sustainable digital economy* can only be powered with *green energy*!
With striffling green energy, we will continue to struggle to give life to
the futuristic “*Silicon Savannah*”!

On Mon, Nov 30, 2020 at 6:42 AM Beryl Aidi via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> This is hardly surprising after Kenya Power recently raised alarm over the
> rising switch to solar energy according to this report.
> www.businessdailyafrica.com/bd/corporate/companies/kenya-power-raises-alarm-over-clients-solar-switch–3204410
>
> While the growth of the sector is good given the advantages of solar
> energy and even the fact that Kenya is right on the Equator so we get a
> good amount of solar exposure, some regulation is necessary to ensure
> safety standards. However it is appalling that the proposed measures are
> stifling and seem geared toward keeping the monopoly of KPLC. It’s a shame
> and really uncalled for, if not absolutely absurd given the inefficiency of
> KPLC. The government should be encouraging growth in the energy sector
> rather than stifling it.
>
> Beryl Aidi
>
> On Sun, Nov 29, 2020 at 10:58 PM Keith Andere via kictanet <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> Listers,
>>
>> I do agree with you Barrack that the time is ripe. During Kenya IGF as
>> well as the recently concluded African IGF,
>> Unreliable/Expensive/unconnected Electricity at last mile came out as a
>> consistent enabler for powering digital inclusion and by extension digital
>> transformation.
>>
>> This therefore, is an opportunity to move forward with speed.
>>
>> Regards
>> Keith.
>>
>> On Sun, 29 Nov 2020 at 20:22, Barrack Otieno via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Flipping the coin and looking at the role Solar can play in powering
>>> Community Networks, looks like an opportunity is ripe for engaging EPRA,
>>> Senate and Parliament. This is a key infrastructure issue that can affect
>>> the cost of deploying critical infrastructure @Mwendwa Kivuva
>>> <kivuva@kictanet.or.ke>
>>>
>>> Regards
>>>
>>> On Sun, 29 Nov 2020, 11:43 am John R. Gicharu via kictanet, <
>>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>
>>>> The chances are that if nobody rigorously campaigns/ lobbies against
>>>> these regulations, parliament will pass them as gazzetted by EPRA.
>>>>
>>>> Regards, John Gicharu
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sunday, November 29, 2020, 08:20:45 AM GMT+3, John Kariuki via
>>>> kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> There is no technical or legal Justification for discriminating one
>>>> electrical technician from another. The regulations should therefore not be
>>>> substantially different from the existing ones. I am not aware of any
>>>> university which trains technicians per se. That requirement is therefore
>>>> superfluous. Fortunately, regulations these days require approval of
>>>> Parliament and these ones should be considered “dead on arrival”.
>>>>
>>>> John Kariuki
>>>>
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Tr. Karis

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