Over 7 million Kenyans have access to electricity

The number of consumers connected to electricity in Kenya has risen 30 per cent over the past one year, to stand at 7.1 million.

Data released by utility firm, Kenya power, indicates that an extra 440,000 electricity consumers were connected to the national grid during the period.

The company’s acting CEO Engineer Jared Othieno said that they were committed to increasing their customers by 600,000 every year, staying on course to meeting the government’s goal of achieving universal connectivity by 2020.

“The government has rolled out countrywide measures to make sure that all parts of the country are connected to electricity and currently we have 7.1m connected to the national grid,” he said.

The CEO at the same time noted that electricity demand during the peak stood at 1,882mw and hence the need to increase production.

According to a world bank report released last year, national grid extension approach is slow despite ongoing implementation of World Bank-funded Least Mile Connectivity Project (LMCP) that slashed connection fee from 35,000 shillings ($341) to 15,000 shillings ($146) to be paid in installments by new household customers.

It aims to make connections affordable to low-income customers and speed up electrification rate through installation of additional transformers and extension of low-voltage power lines into remote villages.

According to the “Energy Progress Report” electricity access rate in Kenya is the highest in East Africa.

The report covering the period up to 2016, electricity access rate in Kenya stood at 56 percent, compared to Tanzania at 32.8 percent, Rwanda at 29.37 percent, Uganda at 26.7 percent and Burundi at 7.5 percent.


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