The Last Mile Connectivity Project is an initiative geared towards increasing electricity access to Kenyans across the country. It involves extending, low voltage network in the single phase to reach households within 600 metre radius from a transformer, thereby reducing the cost of accessing electricity for the customer and supply for the power provider.
The project is being implemented in three phases. In the 1st phase which was launched on 3rd of April, 2016 and expected to take 18 months, the existing distribution transformers which currently stand at 5,320 shall be maximized to reach an estimated 314,200 households across the 47 counties, located within 600 metre radius. An additional 1.5 million Kenyans are targeted to have access to electricity through this phase.
Transformers will be installed to increase the customer connection in the 2nd and 3rd phases aimed at connecting an additional 5000,000 customers thus enabling over 2.5 million Kenyans to electricity access. This expansion component of the project seeks to increase access to electricity in rural areas in Kenya.
The Benefits brought forth by Last Mile are:
The population being connected to the distribution system
An increase in economic activity (industrial, agricultural, commercial) and social wellbeing (households and social institutions),
Electricity installation cost lowered from 35,000- 15,000 and
The reduction of reliance of Kerosene as a source of light
There has been an increase in the number of new customers to Kenya Power due to the drop in the cost of electricity installation to speed up the government’s agenda on the Key flagship projects to have at least 70% of Kenyan households connected by 2017 and universal connectivity by 2020, currently being at 35%. The decision to reduce the cost of installation was reached after achieving increase in power generation allowing all Kenyans to access electricity.
The project is a combined Government of Kenya and donor funded programme. The financial agencies are:
The African Development Bank (AfDB), The Government of Kenya, World Bank which through the International Development Association (IDA) has provided the GoK with financing towards the cost of Electrification program under the Kenya Electricity Modernization Project (KEMP) targeting electrification of urban areas and The African French Development and European Union ( Agence Francaise & Developpement).
Last Mile Connectivity project is an on-going project which the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum is working towards achieving the Government’s goal of universal access. So far 53% households have been connected to electricity.