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China supplies 98 percent of Kenya’s solar panels

Power News - Published on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

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Energysiren reported that Chinese suppliers have firmed up their hold of Kenya’s solar panels market, having grown their share to 98 per cent over a period of seven years. Records at the Energy Regulatory Commission indicate that China grew its market share for solar panels in Kenya from 60 per cent in 2010 to 98 per cent in 2017.

ERC said that “It is observed that China has increased its market share for photovoltaic modules within seven years from 60 per cent to 98 per cent.” it added that “China is almost exclusively the source of all imported PV modules for Kenya.”

The list of top 12 largest suppliers of panels to Kenya comprises only Chinese companies. They include JinkoSolar (the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer), Omni Voltaic, Trina, Morning Star, Hanwha, D.Light and Power master.

The Asian giant equally leads the pack in local supply of solar batteries, inverters, along with charge controllers.

China, the world’s second largest economy, has emerged a global leader in renewables.

International Renewable Energy Agency said that “No country has put itself in a better position to become the world’s renewable energy superpower than China. In aggregate, it is now the world’s largest producer, exporter and installer of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles, placing it at the forefront of the global energy transition.”

It added that “China’s concerted efforts to research, develop and invest in renewable energy and clean transport offer its industry the opportunity to overtake US and European companies, which have been dominant in sectors such as cars and energy machinery. This will give China a comparative advantage in trade and lend impetus to the country’s economic growth.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 20 Feb 2019
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