17 March 2009 – Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC) has concluded an agreement to expand its prepayment project to 25,000 customers, with the pilot phase of the project commencing in April.
The contract with Itron subsidiary Actaris, will provide customers with prepayment single phase meters supported by the associated Eclipse online vending system. The meter installation process will be performed by KPLC in Nairobi.
KPLC owns and operates the national transmission and distribution grid and provides electricity to more than 1.2 million customers throughout Kenya. KPLC connects an additional 200,000 customers each year.
According to a statement KPLC’s long term objective is to convert most residential customers to prepayment.
“Prepaid metering has many benefits. It gives customers a visual indication of their electricity consumption rate, and allows them to manage their own electricity usage,” said Joseph K. Njoroge, CEO of KPLC. “Prepaid meters provide a convenient system for customers to purchase electricity conveniently. Prepaid metering also allows KPLC to collect money for its services upfront, hence improving revenues.”
“We are thrilled that our end-to-end prepayment solutions have been selected by KPLC. We are looking forward to demonstrating our ability to deliver the best value in the industry during this pilot,” said Christophe Viarnaud, managing director of Actaris Southern & Eastern Africa.