The Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) is a flagship project of the Ministry of Energy, financed by the World Bank, aimed at providing electricity to parts of the country that are not served by the national grid. The project is critical in achieving the Governments of Kenya’s goal of ensuring that every part of the country has access to energy, which is critical factor in reducing poverty.
Though national electrification has risen from 23% in 2009, to 70% today, much of these have been achieved alongside the central corridor of the country –Mombasa – Nairobi- Lake Victoria, leaving out North East and Northern Kenya un-electrified.
KOSAP seeks to address this gap and targets to provide 1.3 Million households in the large swathes of the North East and Northern Kenya with electricity. The project is therefore a critical plank of the National Electrification Strategy that will ensure universal access to electricity by 2022 and a key aspect of the Vision 2030, the country’s long-term development plan.
These counties are: West Pokot, Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garrisa, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Narok.
The project is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Energy, the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) and the Rural Electrification Agency (REA).
This is a six years project that started on July 2017 and is expected to end in June 2023.