THIKA STARTS TO FEEL THE BENEFITS OF THE 'LAST MILE' ELECTRIFICATION PROGRAMME.

The Kenya Power Company (KPLC)  has installed 26 transformers in Thika in a move aimed at boosting power supply. The transformers are expected to boost power connectivity in schools and hospitals in Thika East and West Districts
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KPLC Managing Director Dr Ben Chumo on Thursday said the company would ensure areas in the interior that have never been connected to the national power grid get connected under a new programme rolled out by the government. He underscored the company’s intent to power up the entire Thika.

This initiative will by and large enhance learning in schools and also in health centres. KPLC has embarked on a massive power connectivity campaign after reducing connectivity fee to Sh15,000 from the previous fee of Sh30,000.

This is part of the Last Mile Electrification Project launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta in May this year that is expected to take electricity to millions of homes at a lower cost. The project, which is specifically targeting households, uses cheaper transmission line designs to cut the cost of connectivity to Sh15,000 from the Sh36,000 that applicants whose homes are located within 600 metres of a transformer have been paying.

Some of the areas already enjoying this service include Kiganjo Estate whose residents are only required to liaise with village elders to get connected.
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