Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Government established the Rural Electrification Programme (REP) in 1973 for purposes of subsidizing electricity supply in the rural areas for purposes of supporting the socio-economic development of the country.

 

  • During the same year (1973) the Government entered into an agreement with the then East African Power and Lighting Company (EAPL), now the Kenya Power (KP). Under the agreement, KP was appointed as a contractor for planning, implementation, operation and maintenance of rural electrification projects under the programme. The Government through the Ministry of Energy took responsibility for sourcing of funds and coordinating implementation of the programme.

 

  • By 2002, the programme had achieved little coverage despite having been in place for more than thirty (30 years) as only about 4% of the rural population in Kenya had electricity supply in their homes. Due to the low connectivity, the Government through the Economic Recovery Strategy of 2003 and Sessional Paper No.4 of 2004 on Energy undertook to create a special purpose agency to enhance rural electrification in the country. Rural Electrification Authority (REA) was then created in 2006 through the Energy Act of 2006 and became operational in 2007.

    The mandate of the Authority is to accelerate rural electrification in the country through sourcing of funds, grid extension and promotion and development of renewable energy sources.

  •  REA’s work is guided by its mandate and 5year strategic plans. REA’s first strategic plan was in line with the Government’s development plan under Vision 2030. Under this plan, REA focussed on electrification of public facilities, with the main ones being schools, health centres and market centres.
  •  Under its new and second strategic plan for the period 2016/17 – 2020/21, REA intends to focus more on development and promotion of renewable energy and also connecting the remaining public facilities and households in the vicinity of these facilities.

 

  • Grid extension in rural areas that are served by the national grid network.
  • Offgrid supply has mainly been undertaken through diesel generating stations and solar PVs for public facilities. As we move to the future, REA will now be undertaking off-grid supply through Solar power generation.

 

  • Identification of Projects

REA maintains a database of all public facilities across the country. Every financial year, funds received are allocated per constituency using the CDF formulae. The projects to be undertaken each year are determined by funds allocated.

  • Project Survey & Designs

After the projects are identified for implementation, they are surveyed and designed.

  • Acquisition of Way leaves consent

In the process of survey and design wayleaves conscent is acquired from the various landowners.

 

  •  Construction of Projects

Projects are then awarded to a contractor for purposes of undertaking construction.

  • Inspection & Certification by REA Supervisor

After the contractor completes construction. A REA supervisor conducts project inspection and certification.

 

  • Joint Inspection with Kenya Power & Commissioning

The final project inspection is undertaken jointly between REA and Kenya Power before commissioning. The project is then handed over to Kenya Power.

 

  • Maintenance of the Projects

REA has signed a Service Level Agreement with Kenya Power which provides for a six month liability period whereby REA is responsible for maintenance of its projects until six months after commissioning. After the six month liability period, all maintenance issues become the responsibility of Kenya Power.

 

  • How do I get connected?

The beneficiaries of any project are those that are within 600m radius from the installed transformer. For connection, please visit your nearest Kenya Power Office

Below are the regions and locations of our offices:

Rift Valley Regional Office
Giddo Plaza, Room No. 29, Goerge Morara Rd. 
P.o. Box 16662 – 20100
Nakuru
 
Nyanza Regional Office
Kondele (carwash) - Kibos road
P.o. Box 2604- 40100
Kisumu
 
Mt. Kenya Regional Office
Advocate plaza, 1st floor
off Kamakwa Road,
P.o. Box 1970
Nyeri
 
West Kenya Regional Office
Kiptagich House, 9th floor,
off Uganda Road
P.o.Box 3015- 30100
Eldoret
 
Coast Regional Office
Mariakani,
P.o Box 505
Mombasa
 
N/B: REA has deployed 47 supervisors to supervise its projects in each county.
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