The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has commissioned its first pilot 60 kw hybrid-mini solar power station in Biyamadhow, Wajir South constituency.The Rural Electrification CEO Ng’ang’a Munyu says this will set the stage for the rollout of other 25 similar projects in 5 counties.
Addressing the press after launching the project, Ng’ang’a Munyu said that success of the pilot project to light up off-the national grid rural setups will go a long way in spurring development in the country. The shs 70 million project was started in April.
Munyu who was flanked by senior officials from REA and area MP Abdulahi Diriye said the project is also meant to promote renewable energy and move away from diesel generators that expensive to setup and maintain.
He has indicated that they focus more on renewable energy in off-grid areas.
The CEO said the works will commence in January and are expected to be completed before the June.
The MP on his part said the project will spur small businesses in the area and also improve performance in national examinations because students will be able to study at night.
He challenged REA to rollout more similar projects in the region and other area that have been disadvantaged in infrastructural development.