The GPOBA Electrification project aims to increase access to electricity in informal settlements in the urban, peri-urban, and rural areas of Kenya through provision of safe, legal and affordable power connections. This is made possible through subsidizing connections in order to enhance equity of electricity access. The project will enable Kenya Power to reduce its commercial losses resulting from illegal electricity connections while addressing electricity access and safety needs of slum dwellers.
The investment of Shs.2.1 billion to connect approximately 150,000 customers in the ongoing electrification project is being implemented in various parts of the country. Since its roll out in 2012, the project has realized tremendous increase in legal connections in the informal settlement areas around the county. By the month of July 2016, a total of 17,140 new customers from Central Rift, Coast, Mt. Kenya, Nairobi North, Nairobi South, Nairobi West, North Eastern, North Rift, South Nyanza and West Kenya were connected to the grid. A total of 1,289,055 customers have been connected since inception.
The programme allows qualifying residents to pay a minimal charge of KShs.1, 160 per connection. The Government and World Bank offers a standard capital contribution of KShs.32,480 per connection. The residents are then connected to prepaid meters and the connection fee of KShs.1, 160 will then be recovered from the customer’s purchase of prepaid tokens for a period of 12 months. This translates to Shs.100 per month.
The project is jointly funded by the Government and World Bank, via the Global Partnership for Output-Based Aid (GPOBA) programme and the Energy Sector Management Assistant Program (ESMAP).