In a renewable energy conference co-hosted by the Laikipia County Government, the German Chamber of Commerce in Kenya, and Laikipia Wildlife Forum, Deputy Governor Gitonga Kabugi pledged a new platform for Laikipia to address renewable energy policy and investments in the County. Heading a county delegation that included the County Secretary for Tourism Trade and Investment, Jane Putunoi, the Deputy Governor cited great opportunities for Laikipia County to lead the way in renewable energy development in the country.
The German Chamber of Commerce, represented by the Deputy Country Director and Head of the Energy Desk, led a private sector delegation of 5 renewable energy companies looking for opportunities to provide technical solutions to the energy demands and needs of the County. Three solar energy firms, one biogas firm, and a firm looking at energy systems presented their portfolios of technologies and performance in Africa.
The conference audience included representatives of private ranches, the Laikipia County Chamber of Commerce, green growers, and companies with an interest in off-grid energy production. With only 15% of the County’s population connected to the grid, citizen engagement, learning, enterprise development, and investment suffers.
As Laikipia County moves to brand itself as a green destination with an emphasis of sustainable natural resources management and responsible enterprise, renewable energy plays a key role. Moving the county towards more renewable sources of energy requires a wise combination of technology, financing, policy and legislation. The Deputy Governor noted that the new County Government platform will be designed to capture the vitality of the private sector and the potential role of County to set an enabling environment for renewable energy with improved access to energy incentives and cheap capital.
The first meeting for this new platform is expected to take place in January 2016.