Kenya:Electricity for All By 2022

Kenya:Electricity for All By 2022

By Samuel Ouma

All Kenyans are set to access electricity by 2022, according to the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES), a new partnership between the government and the World Bank.

The strategy acknowledges the key role played by off-grid options, min-grids and stand-alone solar systems that complement grid extension and intensification.

KNES will play a crucial role in providing off grid solutions for Kenyan homes, community service centers and businesses in the remote areas.

“Tremendous achievement in scaling up connectivity has been over the last few years. Total access to electricity now stands at 75 per cent. However, there was a need to come up with a new National Electrification Strategy to deal with challenges of bringing the entire country under electrification in an economically viable manner,” reiterated Charles Keter, Energy Cabinet Secretary.

According to analysis by the International Energy Agency, more than one billion people in the work still lack access to electricity majority of them being from Africa and Asia.

Universal access to electricity is a key requirement for Kenya to meet her development agenda so as to achieve vision 2030 of becoming a newly industrialized and middle-income. Kenya also needs sustainable energy to deliver on its Big Four Agenda: affordable housing, food security, universal healthcare and manufacturing.

“The World Bank is committed to helping Kenya extend modern, affordable, reliable and clean energy services to all its citizens. Currently, the Bank is financing electrification under the ongoing Kenya Electricity Modernization Project (KEMP) and Kenya off-grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) which targets to connect 235, 000 and 1.3 million new beneficiaries respectively,” said Felipe Jaramillo, the World Bank Country Director.

The strategy will deploy geospatial technology to develop a mechanism that provides objective planning data which will be used by the national and county government in decision making regarding grid and off-grid investments required for electric service provision.

The government has also launched the Electricity Sector Investment Prospectus which will open the investment opportunities in the energy sector over the five hours. It will aid financiers and investors to identify suitable project opportunities.

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