Talking of solar power, those of us who grew up in rural Kenya get a feeling of nostalgia. These marvels of invention gave us the required electricity to power our old ‘Greatwall’ TVs, even if it were only ones a week to watch ‘Undertaker’ on WWE and the weirdoes of ‘Vitimbi.’ These magic ‘draught-boards’ as my old man called them gave us an insight into the world of electricity, notwithstanding the fact that it made us think all whites were magicians. In all fairness, the precious solar panel and the battered car battery served the village well and we all thought the pair the greatest thing ever invented until we visited the city and realized mains electricity existed.
I do not entirely trust the Chinese, but I will give them this one thumbs up. Whoever invented the kind of solar panels made by Suntech Power Holdings Inc. should be awarded that Nobel Prize that was donated to Obama. I am not particularly enthusiastic about photovoltaic technology, solar power rebates, solar pathfinder, panel efficiency and all that physics jargon (explains why I am in law school and not some laboratory) but the one thing I know for sure is that Suntech Solar Panels are an invention of a genius. They revolutionise the harnessing and use of solar power to an extent otherwise unimaginable and are pocket-friendly to many Kenyans who are struggling to make ends meet while ‘market forces’ are hellbent on making sure those ends never meet. Read more »