Kenyatta University of Nairobi unveils “Centre of Excellence” with PV focus


The center, which is supported by the French government, has installed a 100kWp pilot solar PV plant with the technical help of Urbasolar, a French industrial group that designs, finances, builds and operates PV plants. Giver

Nicolas Hulot, the French minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transitions, said his government would continuously support efforts aimed at promotion of renewable energy generation, which is the core of the Paris agreement on climate change.

“I want to let the Kenyan authorities know that the French government will support these ambitious choices and that French companies have the expertise to bring innovative solutions to meet these needs, as we have successfully demonstrated here today with Urbasolar,” said Hulot.

He further described the project, as a demonstration of the commitment of the French government to cut down on fossil fuel emissions in line with the United Nation Environment Programme’s (UNEP) pollution free ambitions.

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Efforts to provide Africa with clean energy are escalating all the time. The market has been developing through the increasing presence of many governments, firms and NGO’s that see the potential of solar in the development of the continent.

Yesterday, at the One Planet Summit held in France, a number of financial commitments were announced, many of which are targeting clean investment in Africa.

Among them was the European Commission, which has earmarked €44 billion for various initiatives; and the World Bank, which said it would mobilize finance for solar energy in Ethiopia and Senegal, among other countries.

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