Rural communities in Kenya hit hardest by 14pc VAT on solar, clean cooking products

Kenya is a pace-setter in off-grid solar solutions. In 2019, it was estimated that there were some five million pico solar products and 700,000 solar home systems in use by Kenyan households. This did not happen by chance.

Kenya has been lauded internationally for progress made towards the 2022 universal energy access target with a reported 75 percent energy access rate today.

However, the Finance Act 2020 signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in June removed the long-standing tax exemptions on various clean energy and cooking-related products heavily relied on by rural off-grid communities

With the introduction of a 14 percent VAT on the products, we are undoing our progress and jeopardising these efforts that other nations in Africa seek to follow.

Read more: Business Daily



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