Kenya to promote mini-grids to achieve universal electricity access

Daniel Kiptoo Bargoria, director-general of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) told journalists in Nairobi that the main national electricity grid extension is expected to plateau due to the high cost of connecting households that are distant from the existing network.

“This calls for alternative strategy such as use of isolated electricity networks with own generation with a view to electrifying unserved areas,” Bargoria said in a speech read on his behalf by Caroline Kimanthi, principal renewable energy officer, EPRA.

Government data indicates that electricity access currently stands at about 70 percent.

Bargoria observed that over two hundred and eighty mini-grids will be completed by the end of 2022 making the total number of operating mini-grids increase to more than four hundred in the next two years.

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