Rerec To Take Over Power Connections In Households

    The first phase of the Electrification of Public Facilities Project (EPFP) has rolled out in Tana River county connecting at least 17 public amenities and 174 households to electricity.

    EPFP is targeting to connect 1200 public facilities and 35,460 households across 36 counties to the national electricity grid.

    Energy cabinet secretary Monica Juma commissioned the project at Bilbil trading centre in Tana River.

    She said the government was keen to see the full implementation of the project under the Rural Energy Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC).

    She was hopeful that the milestone should be achieved by December.

    “I want to appeal to all residents to make maximum use of the power connection to transform your lives through investment in the cottage industries by adding value to meat and milk products that you have here,” she said.

    She disclosed that the government has been investing billions of shillings in the distribution of electricity projects to ensure more Kenyans are connected to the power grid to bolster the economic growth of rural towns and homes.

    The cabinet secretary stated that the government had set aside at least KSh 120 billion to advance rural electrification across the country in the past 10 years.

    “We have had a commendable surge and many success stories in delivering of power to rural and far off-the grid regions. Electricity supply has increased from 4% in 2006 to 75% today,” Juma stated.