Going solar as mainstream consumer choice

Supermarket solar display, Nairobi, Kenya June 2011

This shelf of alternate power supply equipment displayed in a Nairobi department store caught my eye.  It was in the consumer product section along with fridges, washing machines, TVs and a host of small appliances.  It was the first time I’d seen such a wide variety – batteries, solar panels, lamps – so casually displayed and in such a context.

Sunlite solar light, Nakumatt, Nairobi Kenya

Diesel generators and inverters are more common in India and certainly not displayed along with other white goods for direct consumer purchase. Seems like solar power is a mainstream consumer choice in the Kenyan market and worth exploring further.

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