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 Frontrunner in Solar Obligations in Africa

Frontrunner in Solar Obligations in Africa

The government of the East-African country approved the so-called Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulations 2012, which were gazetted on 25 May that year. The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is implementing a number of measures to support the implementation of the ordinance. 
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Energy (Solar Water Heating) Regulation 2012


The use of solar water heating systems should reduce the demand by domestic, institutional and commercial users during peak times in the electricity grid

Date when law came into effect

Gazetted on 25 May 2012

Target group

All premises with hot water requirements of a capacity exceeding 100 litres per day

Special requirements

Within a period of five years from the date of coming into force all existing premises with a water capacity exceeding 100 litres per day shall install and use solar water heating systems

All premises shall have a minimum annual solar contribution of 60 % of the hot water demand

Glazed flat plate, vacuum tube and unglazed collectors are eligible, but have to meet the Kenya Standards

Only licensed technicians and contractors can carry out the installation


Exempt from the solar obligation are houses with technical limitations, such as high-rise buildings, premises that are supplied by co-generation, or buildings that cover hot water demand by renewable or green electricity.

Last review

April 2015

Further information


Energy Regulatory Commission
Mr Lee Alubala Okombe
Renewable Energy Department
Nairobi, Kenya


Baerbel Epp

Bärbel Epp is Founder and Director of the German communication and market research agency solrico and editor-in-chief of