(Xinhua) -- Kenya’s electricity distributor on
Thursday signed contract deals to implement the 285 million U.S.
dollars energy projects funded by the World Bank and the African
Development Bank (AfDB).
Kenya Power CEO Ken Tarus told a media
briefing in Nairobi that the state-owned firm signed a total of
23 agreements with contractors for the Last Mile Connectivity
“Under the agreements, we hope to help
Kenya achieve universal electricity access by 2020, up from
the current 70 percent electricity connectivity rate,” Tarus
The contractors have 18 months to
complete the exercise of connecting households with electricity.
He said that the project is expected to address the high cost of
extending the power supply network especially in the rural and
World Bank has provided a loan of 150
million dollars while AfDB will provide 135 million dollars to
connect low income households to the national electricity grid.
Tarus said financing from the AfDB
will help additional 314,200 households access electricity while
the World Bank will help to light up 312,500 homes.
He said the project will involve
extension of low voltage network on existing transformers as
well as installation of 1,000 new distribution transformers
across 47 counties.
Through the intensive implementation
of various connectivity strategies targeting informal and
low-income areas, Kenya Power has grown its customer base by 1.4
million households in the last financial year.
Tarus noted that the government is
prioritizing electricity connections given its huge positive
impact in socio-economic development.