Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and
Petroleum Joseph Njoroge told a media briefing in
Nairobi that approximately 690,000 households in
14 counties will benefit from the project.
will involve setting up mini-grids in areas that
are not currently connected to the national
electricity grid,” Njoroge said.
project is part of government efforts to ensure
the East African nation achieves universal
electricity access by the year 2020.
from the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum
indicates that 6.2 million households are
connected to electricity, representing 70 percent
of the population.
Njoroge said that there are some regions in the
country mainly in the arid and semi-arid areas of
the north that are not connected to the
is because the cost of electricity infrastructure
is very expensive given large distances and low
population densities. As a result these households
are forced to use kerosene for lightning and
cooking,” he said.
project aims to compliment the Last Mile
Connectivity Project that subsidizes households to
access the national grid.
Sudeshna Banerjee, Practice Manager, for World
Bank’s Global Energy and Extractives Practice for
the African Region said that the project leverages
the strengths of Kenya’s dynamic private sector,
omnipresent mobile telephony, emerging off-grid
business models to create development impact for