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A solar energy project is currently under construction in Ngong town located near Nairobi, to benefit the residents with sustainable and green energy.
The project is sponsored by the Kajiado County Government, which aims to minimize disruption caused by power outages.
The solar-generated electricity that costs nearly Ksh 200,000 ($1766) per panel is anticipated to provide an alternative low-cost source of energy.
Muoria Robert Gitau, the Member of County Assembly (MCA) for Ngong mentioned the installation of the solar project in the town will help in reducing electricity consumption and consequently decreasing the electricity bills which have a high levy.
“We are currently installing solar panels for the Umoja Water Project in the Mathare area so that we can do away with paying electricity bills. The project will be solar-powered. We will also replicate the same in the Gichagi area,” said Muoria.
Muoria also noted that security measures have been put in place through community policing to protect the solar panels from vandalism experienced in the initial phase of the project. These solar street lights are deployed to help freely operate businesses and reduce insecurity.
The residents of the town also raised the issue of rampant vandalism of solar panels within Ngong town because of its high demand as an alternative source of energy and the high cost of electricity. Many solar-powered street lights that had been erected in Ngong town in the first phase of the solar project in response to the surge in insecurity in the town have been vandalized as the security has deteriorated.