In Summary
  • Homes seeking electricity connection will have to wait longer for installation of additional transformers and power lines to enjoy the subsidised Sh15,000 connection fee.
  • Energy Secretary Charles Keter says the bulk of homes without power will qualify for the subsidy once the new Sh3 billion transformers have been installed.
  • Customers who opt not to wait for the planned line and transformers will be forced pay at market rate, a fee that would allow Kenya Power to recover the full connection cost.
  • Kenya Power currently has 55,000 transformers and needs additional units to spread its distribution network to off-grid areas.
  • The cost of a transformer ranges between Sh200,000 and Sh500,000, according to the utility firm.

Homes seeking electricity connection will have to wait longer for installation of additional transformers and power lines to enjoy the subsidised Sh15,000 connection fee.

Energy Secretary Charles Keter says the bulk of homes without power will qualify for the subsidy once the new Sh3 billion transformers have been installed. The Treasury has allocated the amount in the national budget for the fiscal year starting July.

Customers who opt not to wait for the planned line and transformers will be forced to pay at market rate, a fee that would allow Kenya Power to recover the full connection cost.

Kenya Power has, since mid-last year, been connecting homes to the grid for Sh15,000, down from Sh35,000 and allows the customers to pay the fee over 36 months, removing the cost hurdles for poor homes.

“It is Sh15,000 per customer within 600-metre radius of a transformer. Those beyond pay at cost,” said Mr Keter in an interview.

“We’re putting up more transformers to bring equity in terms of coverage. The Sh3 billion in the budget is to bring more unconnected homes closer to a transformer.”

Some applicants in rural Kenya have been paying in excess of Sh100,000 to be connected to the power grid despite being near a transformer.

This is a departure from earlier promise by State officials that homes would be connected at Sh15,000.

Kenya Power currently has 55,000 transformers and needs additional units to spread its distribution network to off-grid areas.

The cost of a transformer ranges between Sh200,000 and Sh500,000, according to the utility firm.

This means the Sh3 billion can buy up to 15,000 new units or nearly a third of the current population.

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