By Titus Mbithi
Solatube International- the global leader in Daylighting technology officially launched its operations in Kenya on Thursday 12th May at a function held at Muthaiga Golf Club.
The US based company seeks to expand its already existing global market by venturing into Kenya and other African countries.
The company invented Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), which harvest and distribute daylight in homes and commercial buildings, opening up an entirely new concept in the lighting industry
Solatube Daylighting Systems are now frequently installed as part of energy-saving and sustainability efforts in residential and commercial spaces in over 90 countries.
Using patented technology, a Solatube Daylighting System harvests daylight on the roof, transfers it down a highly reflective tube called transfer zone (which can be bent up to 90 degrees and can transfer light for up to 50 feet) and distributes it evenly into an interior space through a diffuser.
The products can be installed in different buildings from homes to warehouses, schools, offices, manufacturing facilities, museums and government buildings, churches: wherever day light is needed.
In Kenya Solatube has partnered with local company- Steam Plant Ltd who are their distributors in this region.
Kariuki Mbugua, the managing director of Steam Plant urges Kenyans to come and have their taste of this exciting technology at their demo unit No 125 Mushroom road off Kiambu road.
The company’s products entirely depend on natural light and are a new dawn in the country which can be used to save on energy costs as well as reducing greenhouse gases emission into the atmosphere.
Gideon Aswani, the production manager at Nation Media Group says the installation of Solatube products in their Mombasa road premises has greatly helped the organization cut power costs and boost the general lighting of the press building.
“It is unbelievable working with Solatube, since the installation of their technology in our premises, we have realized 3 to 5 percent savings on power costs, amounting to averagely ksh 60,000 per month” says Mr Aswani.
Mr Aswani further confirms that the technology is exciting and works exceptionally. Since its installation, it has never required any further maintenance and that it provides a great environment for workers as it banks on clean and renewable energy.
Todd Maerowitz, Solatube International director of sales says that the technology has no defined lifespan. Since its inception 25 years ago, the premises which were first installed with the technology are working well and have never required further maintenance.
Julius Korir, the Principal Secretary Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development invited Solatube company into the country and commended them for their great efforts in coming up with this efficient and natural lighting mechanism.
“The government is committed towards attracting investors and providing a favourable operating environment to encourage more investments, I wish to thank Solatube for identifying Kenya as a potential destination for their products” added Mr Korir
The PS further said that the government was targeting attracting investments in the country for up to five times in a bid to steer economic growth through job creation and productivity.
Throughout history, people have sought ways to brighten the interiors of the places where they live and work. And no light source is more perfect than the sun for providing light. It’s naturally bright, free and, contrary to a light bulb, never burns out. Harnessing and transferring that perfect light indoors is the foundation of Solatube International.
When it comes to your home or workplace, installing a Solatube Daylighting System or a Solar Star Attic Fan is one of the easiest, quickest and most affordable ways to brighten and add comfort to your interior spaces. And because the systems operate using solar energy, they reduce your reliance on electricity, lessen the impact on the environment, and cost little to nothing to operate.
By Titus Mbithi