The Commercial and Industrial Sector Presents A Golden Opportunity For The Kenyan Solar Industry To Thrive And Provide Sustainable Solutions For Businesses Aiming To Reduce Electricity Costs – Ugochukwu Chukwujiaka, CEO And Founder, Energy Talent Company

Ugochukwu Chukwujiaka, CEO And Founder, Energy Talent Company

Can you highlight some of the unique challenges and opportunities you’ve encountered while operating in Kenya’s Solar Industry?


There are both challenges and opportunities in the Kenyan solar industry. One notable opportunity lies in the commercial and industrial sectors, where there is a growing demand for solar solutions as businesses aim to reduce electricity costs. This presents an opportunity for companies to provide solar solutions to industries and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

On the other hand, the pico solar systems market appears to be saturated. While this market has the potential to provide income-generating opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs, it seems that many individuals have already tapped into this market.


Considering these circumstances, there is a valuable opportunity to address the saturation in the pico solar market by leveraging the existing sales skills of micro-entrepreneurs who have been involved in selling pico systems. By providing them with additional training and competencies, they can successfully transition into serving more complex customers and tap into the growing commercial and industrial vertical.

By focusing on enhancing the sales skills of these micro-entrepreneurs, they can expand their expertise beyond the saturated pico solar market. This will enable them to effectively engage with larger businesses and industries that are seeking solar solutions to reduce their electricity costs. With the right support and development, these micro-entrepreneurs can play a pivotal role in meeting the demands of the commercial and industrial sectors.

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In summary, the opportunity lies in empowering micro-entrepreneurs who have already acquired sales skills through their experience in the pico solar market. By equipping them with the necessary competencies, they can seize the growing opportunities in the commercial and industrial verticals and contribute to the overall growth and development of the Kenyan solar industry.

Could you discuss any specific policies or government initiatives in Kenya that have either facilitated or hindered the growth of the solar industry?

One specific policy in Kenya that will facilitate the growth of the solar industry is the Revised Solar PV regulation which introduces more granular competency levels. This policy has provided a framework for defining the specific skills and capabilities required for different levels within the industry, such as T1 and T2, while starting the licensing at 400W instead of 100W in the 2012 regulations.

By providing a revised scope of project definition, this policy can help streamline training and career development for individuals in the solar sector. It creates a clearer pathway for professionals to advance their skills and knowledge, ultimately benefiting the industry as a whole. This allows for better alignment between job roles and skill requirements, which in turn can contribute to improved efficiency and professionalism within the solar industry.

In your experience, what role do you see the Kenyan people playing in driving the adoption of solar technology?

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Are there any notable success stories or examples of community involvement? In our experience, the Kenyan people especially the Solar Professionals play a crucial role in driving the adoption of solar technology. The solar professionals who directly interact with end users have the responsibility of being exemplary brand ambassadors for solar. Their professionalism and the quality of their work can attract aspiring students and professionals to pursue careers in the solar industry. By delivering high-quality installations and services, they can create enthusiastic customers who, through word of mouth, share their positive experiences and generate interesting solar among others.

I would recommend keeping an eye on the initiatives and activities of the Energy Talent Company as we have planned specific efforts in this regard.

Can you share any innovative technological solutions or advancements your company has implemented to overcome specific challenges in the Kenyan market?

When it comes to navigating the regulatory landscape in Kenya, it is crucial to foster collaboration and open communication between private sector players and regulators. Rather than operating in isolation and engaging in finger-pointing, it is essential to recognize that both parties have shared goals.

To ensure compliance with local policies and regulations, our approach involves building strong relationships with regulators. We understand the importance of maintaining regular and constructive dialogue with them. By doing so, we can effectively convey the feedback and insights we gather from the market and end users, which can help inform the development of regulatory policies.

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Furthermore, we recognize that regulators aim to establish and uphold standards, while private players strive to deliver satisfactory services to customers and generate profits. We believe that these goals are not inherently contradictory. By working closely with regulators, we can find common ground that aligns with both the regulatory requirements and our business objectives. In summary, our strategy for navigating the regulatory landscape in Kenya revolves around establishing close relationships with regulators. We prioritize open communication and provide valuable market feedback to inform policy decisions. By collaborating with regulators, we aim to ensure compliance with local policies while delivering satisfactory services to our customers and contributing to the growth and development of the industry.

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