Rural Electrification Authority (REA) was established under the provisions of the Energy Act No. 12 of 2006 for purposes of enhancing rural electrification in the country.The Authority became operational in July 2007 with the appointment of Board Members.
To accelerate the pace of rural electrification in order to promote sustainable socio- economic development. Under the Energy Act, REA is mandated to undertake the following functions:
- Manage the Rural /electrification Programme Fund
- Develop and update the rural electrification master plan
- Promote the use of renewable energy sources including small hydros, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hybrid systems and oil fired components taking into account specific needs of certain areas including the potential for using electricity for irrigation and in support of off-farm income generating activities.
- Implementation and sourcing of additional funds for the rural electrification programme
- Management of the delineation, tendering and award of contracts for licences and permits for rural electrification