Solar and Wind Power Or Energy in the Eastern Africa Region

The Eastern Africa region comprises, among others countries like Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Southern Sudan. The Eastern Africa region is by and large covered by arid or semi arid land. The region has some of the poorest countries in the world. All of them are third world countries.

The larger percentage of the inhabitants of the Eastern Africa region is poor rural folk. The Eastern Africa governments are not able to supply most of the rural areas with grid power. Also, most the utility companies in the Eastern Africa region are not reliable. There are frequent power blackouts and rationing. This makes it necessary for individuals or organizations to seek alternative sources of energy.

These alternative sources of energy allow rural folk or organizations to access power where grid power is not available. They also supply backup power to individuals and organizations when grid power fails.

There are several sources of alternative energy in East Africa. But we are going to concentrate on only two of them for now; solar and wind. We are going to concentrate on these two because they are the most available and easily installable here. The Eastern Africa region, as I said earlier is mostly arid or semi arid. The equator also passes right through the Eastern Africa region. The two facts I’ve mentioned above makes the area to experience sunlight throughout the year. The place also has large flat areas and highlands which make it an ideal place for wind power projects.

The Eastern Africa region has very many companies that supply solar and wind power solutions. When looking for a good company to install a solar or wind power system for you, you need to consider a number of factors. Most of the registered renewable energy companies here are merely briefcase entities without proven track records. Therefore you need to make sure you avoid them so that you don’t invest your money in a company that will not give you services worth your money. So, I advice you to invest your money in a an established company with a proven track record.

 Make sure the company is all rounded, it must be able to supply virtually all solar and wind power solutions. The company must also have a lot of experience, spanning many years in all fields of solar and wind power solutions provision. It must also be a company that has a very wide client base spanning the whole of the region, meaning that the company’s solutions are acceptable to most people in Eastern Africa. These clients must include Individuals, Businesses, Learning Institutions, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs), governments etc The Company’s products and services must also be of very high quality and very competitively priced, leading to their high number of loyal clients from the whole of the region.

Most of the solar and wind power solutions sought by clients in the Eastern Africa region are divided in four sections; Services, Commercial and Industrial Systems, Residential Systems and Consumer Products.

Services

There are four types of solar and wind power services,

Energy Auditing:
This involves identifying opportunities to reduce the energy use and/or the cost of operating a solar or wind power solar systems tamworth system in the clients’ premises whether its residential, commercial or industrial. Whether it’s a new construction or renovation their audit reports provide building owners the information they need to decide which of the recommended solar or wind power system or modification/s they should implement.

System Design:
This involves designing cost effective solar or wind power systems, which provide high rates of return. Their systems must be economical and designed to output maximum power at the least cost possible. They must be known to design systems that maximize the economics in all locations. Their designs must use innovative and practical approaches to utilize the many sunny and windy hours found in this part of the globe which are experienced daily all year round.

System Installation:
Its highly recommended that any Solar or Wind Power System installation be done by qualified technicians. Your chosen company must have qualified personnel who carry out the installation of Solar Power Systems. These technicians must have a lot of experience in solar and wind power systems installation as a result of carrying out the same work for a long period of time in virtually all areas of the Eastern Africa region.

System Maintenance:
The power company must be able to carry out maintenance visits where contracted. During these visits they must provide, among others where necessary, the following services:

  • Cleaning the module array
  • Checking all electrical connections
  • Logging lifetime and instantaneous power and energy output
  • Checking for any plant growth causing shading
  • Writing a report on system status and any corrective actions if necessary

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