Do you know the true cost of unreliable energy in Kenya?
At PowerAfricaSolar.com the first and simple question we would pose to a business owner in Kenya is, how much is your monthly energy bill?
Once you answer the question, take a look at the points below that you probably have or haven’t considered looking into as the true cost of your energy bill.
Say you run a bakery, how many times does your business experience blackouts forcing you to switch to the backup generator.
If you don’t have a backup generator then you are faced with wastage of product which should be factored into you energy costs because of the unreliable energy.
Wages during a black out
If your business doesn’t have backup energy solutions,
Do your employees sit around and wait for the power to come back on, or do they go back home? Whichever way you look at it as a business owner this is also supposed to be factored into your monthly energy costs.
What if you run a hospital without a backup energy solution?
A blackout during surgery could lead to a patient’s death.
This could result in a wrongful death lawsuit from the deceased family. Another added cost due to unreliable energy.
Generator run-time and fuel costs
How much does it cost to keep the generators running during the power blackouts? Do business owners take this into account when computing their monthly energy cost?
Imports vs. Local Manufacturing Energy Challenges
It’s no secret that manufacturers are leaving Kenya due to the high unpredictable energy costs that eat into their profit margins.
Energy costs in Kenya make it difficult for local manufacturers to have competitive pricing hence increasing the appetite for affordably priced imports by local consumers.
Let’s face it all the discussed points above have a common factor hindering the performance of the businesses. That’s your true cost of unreliable energy in Kenya.