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.
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.