8 May 2009 – The first phase of Kenya Power & Lighting Company’s (KPLC) prepay metering project has commenced with the installation of the first meters.
Speaking to local press during an inspection at the Kasarani Sportsview Estate, KPLC managing director and CEO, Joseph Njoroge, said the first phase pilot project will cover 25,000 existing customers within Nairobi.
Initially the Kasarani area is being covered and subsequently the project will be expanded to selected estates including Fedha, Imara Daima, Villa Franca, Nyayo Embakasi, Nyayo Highrise, Kibera, Woodley, Mountain View, Muguga Green, Hirani and Kahawa Sukari.
Njoroge said the five-year project to be carried out across the country is a major shift from the current postpaid system as it will give customers control in managing their power consumption and avoiding power disconnections due to delayed payment of bills.
Users will purchase power units, named “Umeme Time,” to load in the same way they do for mobile phone airtime. “Umeme time” will be available from vending units in all estates and shopping centers.
The prepay meters are being supplied by Itron (formerly under the Actaris name) in South Africa.
A tender for an additional 250,000 prepay meters has been advertised.