France and Europe to help connect more households to Kenya’s power grid
Hundreds of thousands of households around Kenya can look forward to being connected for the first time to the country’s national electricity grid, thanks to agreements signed on March 27th 2017 between the Government of Kenya and European banks and development organisations. This support to the "Last Mile Connectivity" initiative will enable Kenya Power to connect many more ordinary households in 32 counties of Kenya to the national electricity network.
The total financial package is worth about 20 billion shillings (180 million Euros) and was put together by the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union (EU), and European Investment Bank (EIB). It includes soft loans from AFD (90 million Euros) and the EIB (60 million Euros), together with a grant (30 million Euros) from the EU.
France’s Ambassador Antoine Sivan, EU Ambassador Stefano Dejak and EIB Vice-President Pim Van Ballekom were present at the Treasury where the deal was signed between Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury Henry Rotich, the AFD’s Regional Director Bruno Deprince, and the EIB’s Vice-President.
It is estimated that the European-funded work will support around 300 000 new connections. The Government’s ultimate aim is for practically all Kenyan households to have access to electricity. The European-funded work will benefit households in 32 counties, where AFD has financed extensions of the grid to which many people live nearby but aren’t connected. Most of the counties that aren’t covered are those where the national grid has more limited reach, mainly in the sparsely-populated northern and eastern areas of the country, for which the Government is promoting mini-grids and off-grid electricity access solutions under different programmes.