Approximately 6 million Kenyan households are connected to electricity
It is difficult to imagine living without electricity in this current day and age. From charging our phones and laptops every now and then, to watching television, listening to the radio, baking cakes for home consumption and commercial purposes, health facilities and so many other uses, electricity is vital in our every day to day lives.
However, there are still some Kenyan households not connected to the grid. This is according to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Statistical Abstract 2018.
The data further shows that as of 2017, 4,685,877 customers used electricity for domestic use, followed by rural electrification at 1,269,510 and small commercial use at 213,396.
On March 20, 2017, Kenya Power confirmed that 5.9 million customers had been connected to the grid to date through ongoing government-led national electrification programmes.
Of these customers, 3.5 million customers were on prepaid meters, as the Company shifts to advanced technology that makes it easy for customers to purchase electricity.
“The number of households currently connected to the national grid stands at 63 per cent of the national coverage. The target is to connect 70 per cent by the end of this year and universal access by the year 2020,” said Kenya Power’s Ag. Managing Director & CEO Dr Ken Tarus.