In Kenya, the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has connected 500 public primary schools in Siaya county to the national electricity grid as part of achieving the government’s vision of electrifying all primary schools by 2030.
REA chief manager Ephantus Kamweru said that the authority will commission the $4 million project in Akom Primary School, Rarieda, on Saturday, the Star reported on Monday.
According to Kamweru, out of the total 659 public primary schools in Siaya, 569 have already been connected to the national electricity grid.
The Star reported that the installation work for the remaining 90 primary schools was underway.
Kamweru added that power has also been distributed to various trading centres, health facilities and water supply systems, to facilitate the 2030 vision.
“As we electrify all public schools and health facilities we also intend to cut installation costs by bringing closer electricity poles to the community,” Kamweru said.
Rural electrification in North Africa
In other rural electrification news, Morocco’s Office National de l’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE) and Abu-Dhabi-based renewable power company Masdar in March entered into a partnership to design, supply and install 17,670 solar home systems throughout 940 villages in West African Morocco.
Masdar claimed that once the installation of the solar homes is complete together with additional electrification initiatives, 99% of rural Morocco will have access to electricity by 2017.
According to director general of ONEE Ali Fassi-Fihri, the rural electrification project meets the Moroccan government’s objective for the development of marginalised areas through development of basic infrastructure.
Fassi-Fihri said: “Rural electrification through Solar Home Systems is part of an ambitious program launched by the Moroccan government in 1996, which allowed access by connecting to the national grid more than 12 million people and equipped 51,559 homes with solar systems.
“This effort has greatly contributed to improving the living conditions of rural populations, especially those concerned by the National Initiative for Human Development.”