Kenyan Delegation Gets a Solar Demonstration

Solar Integrated Technologies (SIT), a manufacturer of solar energy roofing panels and accessories, recently hosted a high-ranking delegation from Kenyan Power and Lighting Company (KPLC).

Los Angeles, California – August 7, 2003 [] The U.S. Energy Association (USEA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), co-sponsored the business trip, which involved a visit to Washington D.C. along with a stop in Los Angeles as the guests of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The LADWP chose SIT to host a one-day seminar and field tour to personally see SIT’s product design. The Kenyan delegation was privileged to view SIT’s lightweight, flexible photovoltaic roof panels and see a working demonstration of how the product can provide customers an economical delivery of distributed renewable energy. Before they traveled to the U.S., the official delegation from Kenya had expressed interest in visiting SIT to see first hand how SITýs solar energy products could be utilized in the rural areas of Kenya’s vast countryside. “We were delighted to have the Kenyan delegation here so that we could physically demonstrate at our premises the wide spectrum of possibilities for delivering clean, renewable electric power to the villages, remote business and government installations located throughout Kenya,” said Ed Stevenson, CEO of Solar Integrated Technologies. “It’s an easy-to-install system that provides a perfect solution for Third World applications where centrally distributed power is extremely limited.” Solar Integrated Technologies manufactures flexible photovoltaic roof system for commercial and industrial applications. They maintain business alliances with Sarnafil, Inc. of Canton, Massachusetts, a manufacturer of thermoplastic roof membranes and Tremco, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio, a manufacturer of roof membranes and coatings. SIT also provides turn-key design for photovoltaic roof assemblies. “Where the KPLC cannot deliver electric power outside the larger cities, the only currently available sources of power and lighting are diesel generators, kerosene lamps, and coal burning stoves for heating, lighting and cooking,” said Stevenson. “These systems are cumbersome to deliver and maintain in rural areas and the pollution they cause are becoming a significant health risk to the population and environment.”
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