Survey of Energy Resources 2007
Solar Country Notes
Kenya receives a plentiful supply of solar radiation, averaging between 4 and 6 kWh/m2/day, but only a small proportion of this resource has so far been harnessed.
On its official website, the Ministry of Energy states that an estimated 220 000 PV units are in current use, for lighting, water pumping, refrigeration and telecommunications. The Government is presently carrying out a programme of installing PV systems in schools and other institutional buildings in a number of remote areas, as part of its drive to increase the proportion of renewable sources within Kenya's overall energy supply.
Solar thermal devices are used for heating and drying, with around 7 000 units in operation at present.