The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has been dealt a huge blow in its bid to continue dominating the market after Total Kenya indicated its 107 stations had switched to solar energy.
The move came after it emerged more Kenyan companies and consumers were shifting to cheaper and reliable solar, renewable energy.
In a tweet, Total said the installations was a milestone in line with its goal to solarise nearly 2500 stations in Africa by the end of 2022.
"In Kenya, 107 service stations have been solarised through installation of 3,390 solar panels with 41 stations planned in 2021.The solar energy powers lights, pumps, fridges, air conditioning, coffee machines reducing reliance on the grid," it said.
The firm noted solarisation of its network of stations was part of the plan to achieve the United Nations’ sustainable development goal number seven, which focuses on provision of sustainable, affordable, reliable and modern energy for all.
Kenya Power was alarmed by the reduction of power consumption among its key industrial customers opting for much cheaper energy.
The lighting company in its annual report said about 54.8 % of revenue from the industrial users was on the downward trend.
It generated KSh 63 billion from industrial customers which accounted for 45 % of its total revenue.
Some of the former power consumers who have since installed own-generated solar energy are Africa Logistics Properties, Mombasa International Airport and the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).
KenGen, the largest electric power producer in Kenya generating about 75% of the electricity consumed in the country, has since indicated it plans to sell electricity directly to consumers, ending KPLC's monopoly in the process.
The company's chief executive officer Rebecca Miano said the parastatal was awaiting finalisation of the new regulations under the Energy Act 2019 so as to start selling power to large consumers.