Solar firms make hay while the sun shines

Kenya’s appetite for cheap and clean energy has made solar power firms intensify their scramble to light up rural and low-income areas. An Infotrak survey reveals only 57.2 per cent of households are connected to the grid.

The Infotrak survey found the majority of low income households with total monthly earnings of Sh10,000 and below are unlikely to be connected to electricity than those who earn more. To be connected to the grid, households need to contribute a total of Sh15,000 and live at least 600 metres from a power transformer.

Unlike Kenya Power, the solar firms are enticing consumers with a pay-as-you-go model with daily payments as low as Sh49 through mobile money.

Full article: The Star



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