Kenya in $2.1bn off-grid power spend

Kenya is set to spend $2.1 billion on electrification in off-grid areas, with a focus on renewable-powered minigrids.

As part of the nation’s 2016/17-2020/21 strategic plan, the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) aims to install around 450 minigrids powered by solar and other renewable sources.

REA chair Simon Gicharu was quoted as saying: ‘The plan focuses more on the use of renewable energy for provision of electricity to areas that are far away from the national grid. This is expected to enhance industrialization and emergence of cottage industries. à‚ 

‘Renewable energy is our utmost priority since Kenya has ample sunlight that can generate enough power to power homes and industries.’ à‚ 

According to Gicharu, the plan aims to power public facilities including primary schools, health centres, trading centres, churches and mosques by summer 2018.

Gicharu said the REA has already increased primary school electrification in Kenya from 30% in 2006 to 70% in 2016.à‚ 

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