Kenya Power’s rural electrification programme on pause

Kenya, Nairobi: Kenya’s state-owned power utility, Kenya Power’s rural electrification programme is currently on hold and will resume in July.

According to Energy Secretary Charles Keter, homes without power will qualify for the subsidy once the new $29 million transformers have been installed, but this amount has been budgeted for the fiscal year starting in July, reports ESI-Africa.

The project, also known as the Last Mile Connectivity Project, has helped increase the number of customers connected to the power grid from one million in 2010 to 5.8 million today.

Kenya Power currently has 55,000 transformers and needs additional units to spread its distribution network to off-grid areas.

The Last Mile Project is financed with $415 million by the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

Kenya has set 2020 as the deadline for attaining universal power access.

Source: ESI-Africa