On Tuesday, 11 June 2019, The Kenyan government launched a 47 million dollars facility under the Kenya-Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP).
The KOSAP is aimed at spurring the private sector to provide viable solar and clean cooking solutions to about 1.1 million people in the 14 marginalized counties. The counties include West Pokot, Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garrisa, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Narok.
The Results-Based Financing (RBF) and Debt Facilities under the KOSAP are financed by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Energy alongside the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) and the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC).
They are intended to ensure that counties that are not served by the grid and have been classified as marginalized by Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) are not left behind and receive access to energy through off-grid solutions.
“The country has made great strides in achieving connectivity with access to electricity standing at 75 percent through both grid and off-grid options. However, access to electricity is low in the 14 marginalized counties, which represent 72 percent of the country’s total land area and 20 percent of the population,” said Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Joseph Njoroge.
“The dispersed settlements in the marginalized counties make off-grid solutions the only viable alternative for access to electricity,” he added.
Through financing from the World Bank of 150 million dollars, KOSAP seeks to overcome the challenges and establish viable off-grid solutions for areas that are too far for the national grid to be economical.
The project targets 277 000 households (approximately 1.3 million people from the 14 marginalized counties). This will be realized through the construction of about 151 mini-grids in the target counties as well as the installation of stand-alone solar systems under the financing.
The project also targets replacing 380 diesel pumps with solar for drinking water and expects to facilitate the provision of 150 000 clean cooking stoves in West Pokot, Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu and Isiolo.