Kenya will next week tender the Sh15 billion off-grid solar electricity system for North Eastern Kenya as the country moves to boost energy mix using the sun. According to energy cabinet secretary Charles Keter, the World Bank-funded project first announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in February this year will target 14 Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) counties with low electrification rates.
Through the off-grid solar access initiative, 250,000 households and over 800 public facilities including schools and centres in the 14 counties will get access to energy.
The deal is part of the government’s initiative to attain an additional 1.9 million solar-based connections through the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (Knes) that was launched in 2018 and will be supervised by the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy (Rerec) and Kenya Power.
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