Thousands of Kenyans to benefit from solar project

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) samples some of the solar products showcased during the sixth Global Off-Grid Solar Forum and Exhibition in Nairobi yesterday.

Some 250,000 households in 14 counties are set to benefit from a solar electrification programme.

This is after the government partnered with the World Bank to fund the Sh15 billion project.

In the announcement made by President Uhuru Kenyatta during the opening of the sixth Global Off-Grid Solar Forum 2020 in Nairobi yesterday, 800 public facilities will also be connected to solar power as the government strives to increase power connectivity in the country.

The President said the government hopes to make 1.9 million solar-based connections through the Kenya National Electrification Strategy, a programme that was launched in 2018.

“To that end, the government, in partnership with the World Bank, has committed Sh15 billion to improve and re-access the 14 counties with low electrification rates,” President Kenyatta said. People importing solar products will also enjoy tax exemptions and incentives in order to make them affordable.

The President said the government’s policy to accommodate increased green energy production had seen more than two million solar products imported into the country in 2019 alone, and 6.2 million products since 2009.