Kenya has highest access to electricity in East Africa: WB Research

May 8, 2018 (3 weeks ago)
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The electricity access rate in the country stood at 73.42 percent as at the end of April 2018, owing to various national electrification projects that have been undertaken by Kenya Power/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – Electricity access rate in Kenya is the highest in East Africa according to the latest report from the World Bank tracking global achievements in sustainable energy for all.

According to The Energy Progress Report covering the period up to 2016, electricity access rate in Kenya stood at 56 percent, compared to Tanzania at 32.8 percent, Rwanda at 29.37 percent, Uganda at 26.7 percent and Burundi at 7.5 percent.

The electricity access rate in the country stood at 73.42 percent as at the end of April 2018, owing to various national electrification projects that have been undertaken by Kenya Power.

These projects include the Last Mile Connectivity Project and World Bank’s Global Partnership Output-Based Aid programme that targets informal settlements in urban areas and low-income households in the rural areas.

The national access rate has grown steadily in the last five years from a low of 32 percent in 2013 due to accelerated investment in the distribution network and increased investment in renewable energy generation.

Kenya has been listed among countries where much gains were made in ensuring that more citizens access electricity for lighting, cooking and driving businesses.

“Some of the strongest gains were made in Kenya, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, which all increased their electricity access rate by 3 percent or more annually between 2010 and 2016. Sub-Saharan Africa’s electrification deficit has begun to fall in absolute terms for the first time.

Tens of millions of people now have access to electricity through solar home systems or connected to mini-grids,” reads the Energy Progress Report.

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