President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that an additional 250,000 households in 14 counties of Kenya, will have access to energy as part of the solar electrification program.
He also mentioned that 800 public institutions will benefit from this program. The initiative will be supported by 15 billion Kenyan shillings ($148 million) obtained from the World Bank.
Its implementation is part of the national electrification strategy including the creation of 1.9 million connections thanks to solar solutions.
Tax exemptions and other incentives have been put in place for operators who import solar equipment in order to make it more affordable for people.
“Since 2013, we have tripled the number of people with access to electricity from 2.2 to 7.2 million,” said the president.
Kenya is said to aim at achieving universal access to energy by 2022.