In Summary
  • Kenya Power has launched the second phase of the government’s mass connectivity project introduced in 2015 where homes are connected at a subsidised fee of Sh15,000, about half the previous cost.
  • The phase will take 18 months and connect 626,700 homes in a project jointly funded by loans from the World Bank and African Development Bank.

Nearly 650,000 households will be connected to electricity after Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC awarded contracts to construct new power lines and transformers into villages at a cost of Sh30 billion.

Kenya Power on Thursday launched the second phase of the government’s mass connectivity project introduced in 2015 where homes are connected at a subsidised fee of Sh15,000, about half the previous cost.

The phase will take 18 months and connect 626,700 homes in a project jointly funded by loans from the World Bank and African Development Bank.

Some 15 contractors have been picked, seven of them Kenyan, to lay the infrastructure and each will provide a performance bond equivalent to 10 per cent of the value of their contracts.

“This project puts us on a firm path towards attaining universal power access by 2020,” said Kenya Power managing director Ken Tarus.

The drive, dubbed last mile connectivity project, involves installing transformers and low-voltage lines to reach homes in remote villages.

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