Kenyan government and World Bank launch the Kenya National Electrification Strategy

The Kenyan government and the World Bank have jointly launched the Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES), which provides a roadmap for achieving universal access to electricity for all Kenyans by 2022. At present, the energy access in Kenya stands at 75 per cent. To date, 6.9 million people have been connected to the grid and the KNES has set out a plan for connecting the remaining 650,000 households in 14 off-grid counties of the country. The KNES lays emphasis on off-grid options, mini-grids and stand-alone solar systems that complement grid extension and intensification. The plan also highlights the role of the private sector in providing off-grid solutions to remote parts of the country.