Let’s start with some good news today. I passed my ERC oral interviews and was awarded a class A Energy Auditor’s License! It is a great feeling to pass. For now, I guess there only 13 licensed energy auditors in our entire country. This is can be a good thing and at the same time a bad thing. The bad thing is that this number is not sufficient to carry out “legal” energy audits in the entire country, while the good thing is that this shows a great potential of opportunity in the energy auditing industry. There is so much space for more licensed energy auditors!
So why aren’t C.E.M’s and other Energy Professionals in Kenya getting licensed? Is it that we lack such professionals in the country? Or is it the lack of awareness about the ERC regulations? I would not agree with the former, since the last time I checked, Kenya Association of Manufacturers had trained about 70 C.E.Ms. They are currently training about 15 more at their annual Certified Energy Manager Trainings. If the problem is with awareness, then I would simply urge you to pursue any of the ERC licenses as it probably would be a game changer in the Kenyan energy industry. This is why I think the ERC regulations offer multiple future business opportunities for companies and individuals;
- Energy Auditing Business – This will probably offer the greatest opportunity for energy consultants. The regulations stipulate that a facility owner or occupier shall undertake an energy audit at least once every three year. For the audits to be legally recognized, they must be done with a licensed energy auditor. So if as an energy auditor you do not have a license, get one to legalize your energy audits. For organizations that want to do energy audits as a business service, all you need is a licensed energy auditor as part of your employees.
- Distribution and Sale of Solar Panels – The ERC regulations requires all facilities using more than 100 liters of hot water per day to install and use solar water heating systems. There are a lot of facilities that use more that this capacity per day, a good number of them being hotels. It is now a mandatory requirement for both the Solar Water Heater and Solar PV distributers to get license from ERC. So if you are in the distribution or manufacturing industry of solar panels, get your papers right and you will have a head start in the Kenyan Energy Market.
- Training – With every new set of rules and regulations, comes with it training. The industry is largely unaware of the nitty gritty of the energy regulations. Training organizations like Viscar Industrial Capacity or Kenya Association of Manufacturers are likely to capitalize on this. I am aware that ERC may also involve other organizations and consultants to deliver their awareness programs on the recent regulations.
So you are not licensed yet? Go for the license. Visit the ERC licensing portal and start processing your license. Currently, ERC is still conducting licensing for Energy Auditors, Solar Technicians, Electricians, Electrical Power Producers and Petroleum & LPG license. We are living in a highly competitive world where very small differences determine between a winner and a loser. This license could just be that determinant in the energy industry. You just might not know what opportunities you are missing without it….