The effects of climate change continue to be felt across the globe and more increasingly in Africa, where the largest risk lies. This has become prevalent in the past few years, with Africa recording harsh drought and flood incidences. In fact, according to the US government’s National Centers for Environmental Information, 2022 was Africa’s 10th hottest year on the continent’s 113-year record.
While efforts are being made to reduce the impact of climate change, climate risk remains a tangible challenge, especially because Africa is rapidly industrializing, which requires high power utilization. This, coupled with a rapidly growing population, leads to high energy demand.
With electricity demand in Africa projected to triple by 2030, there is a huge need, not only for the utilization of renewable energy sources but also for the deployment of sustainable energy management tools in residential and commercial spaces. One way this can be achieved is through the adoption of low-carbon technologies or tools that connect and allow users to leverage renewable energy sources and storage facilities.
For instance, Eaton’s ‘’Everything as a Grid’’ approach, meets this need by helping homes, businesses, and communities generate, store, and consume their energy via renewable solar arrays, wind turbines, microgrids, and battery storage. By creating a bi-directional flow of energy, consumers become self-sufficient power producers and effectively reduce the impact of sudden outages caused by rolling blackouts, cyberattacks, and extreme weather events. Consequently, user reliance on the grid is reduced, balancing grid volatility while sustaining the energy demand.
Today, it’s not uncommon to find multiple devices connected to one energy source in our homes and businesses, which leads to a high energy demand. To drive sustainability and energy efficiency, we can leverage energy decentralization tools that allow users to add more renewables and energy storage infrastructure to their energy mix. This not only makes their energy system more resilient but also lowers energy costs.
Another solution would be to adopt smart technologies to the grid. Intelligent power management can help users identify, diagnose, and repair energy issues at a faster and more efficient speed. Eaton’s smart breakers, for instance, make it possible for users to switch out energy sources as needed directly from a mobile application. By leveraging advanced digital technology, homeowners get access to useful data about their energy usage from their connected devices, enabling them to make better decisions about energy use.
As the world transitions to a low-carbon and energy-efficient future, energy management solutions in our homes and businesses will be critical. By leveraging technology and creating connected experiences, we make it easier for users to connect to the grid sustainably and make more informed energy decisions.
With intentional investment and a commitment to sustainability, we can ensure that Kenya undergoes a just transition that involves affordable and easy access to energy in residential and commercial buildings. For businesses, this calls for increased investment in sustainable power management solutions. For homeowners, this calls for increased adoption of connected energy management tools that effectively capture energy usage. For individuals, it calls for collective action to advocate for sustainable energy management in our cities.
As we grapple with the urgent need to address climate change and reduce our ecological footprint, the role of effective energy management cannot be overstated.
Let’s protect the planet and our people through low-carbon technologies and solutions.