In Summary
  • Safaricom joins Strathmore University in Kenya and Kochi Airport in India in being carbon-neutral organisations.

Though a marketing value preposition used by companies that package and sell mineral water, “bottled at source” can apply to energy.

The cost of transmission of electricity from the source to the consumer has been both expensive as it is unreliable, resulting, on default, in unscheduled blackouts or, by design, scheduled outages for maintenance purposes.

Safaricom, the largest corporation in East and Central Africa, has woken up to the fact that they need to ‘bottle’ their energy needs at source.

It plans to phase out diesel generators to power its 4,945 sites across the country.

In its “2018 Sustainability Business Report”, the largest telco in the region seems to have realised that green energy is the new frontier in sustainably powering its huge number of sites.


If you live in a place where you suffer daily blackouts, relying on the grid is a teeth-gnashing experience.

Businesses resort to backup generators, increasing their overheads. It’s a paradox that in an area with above-average solar irradiance can have daily blackouts.

Such a huge investment in solar energy will communicate the need by households and businesses to bottle their energy at source.

The value of investment in solar energy cannot be gainsaid — more so in anticipation of the feed in tariff (Fit), which will allow supply of excess power to the grid and earn households a modicum of income.

On savings alone, data from the survey by Safaricom shows that the number of sites powered exclusively by diesel generators reduced by 59.16 percent last year to 78, down from 191 as of September 2017.


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