How global shortage of chipsets will raise cost of solar power

Sunday Nation

An acute worldwide shortage of the raw material for making semiconductors is now threatening to crumble efforts towards widespread adoption of solar power in an era of unsustainable non-renewable sources of energy.

…Amos Wemanya, renewable energy senior adviser at Power Shift Africa, told Climate Action that the scarcity of silicon chips is detrimental to affordable solar power in rural Kenya.

“The shortage has been caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the strained business relations between the United States and China. This will definitely make solar power more expensive and many people will not afford,” he said.

“Governments need to introduce an import subsidy or a tax exemption on solar components to promote access to electricity in homes located far from the national electricity grid,” said Mr Wemanya.

“The world needs alternatives but ensure they are readily available. Again, the current shortage opens up the possibility of using renewable materials in the production of renewable energy,” he noted.

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