Kenya Power to Pump Sh10 Billion in Network Expansion
Nairobi — Kenya Power will spend Sh10 billion on network expansion as the firm seeks to connect more homes with power.
The utility firm says it will build substations and power lines beginning in July 2023.
The firm’s Managing Director and CEO, Joseph Siror, said the investment is in line with the company’s strategy to strengthen the network for improved quality and reliability of power supply to its customers.
Speaking during the launch of BasiGo’s first public electric bus charging station, Siror added that the strategic grid investments will provide sufficient capacity for the anticipated increase in energy demand resulting from new growth areas such as e-mobility and clean cooking, as envisioned by the utility.
“In the last two years, the country has witnessed an unprecedented interest from local and international stakeholders looking to invest and develop Kenya’s e-mobility sector,” Siror said.
“To adequately support e-mobility and other sectors of the economy, we will sustain investments to strengthen the grid and enhance network stability and flexibility for quality and reliable service,” he added.
In the last 10 years, the firm says that it has connected 9 million customers out of 2.7 million.
And with the uptake of electric vehicles growing, the firm expects demand to increase.
“Today, our grid is robust to support electric vehicle charging, with a recent study indicating that Nairobi’s current power infrastructure is strong enough to support the switch to electric for 100% of the two-wheeler vehicles in the city, and 10% for other vehicles including private and commercial fleet. We want to improve this further through strategic investments that will enhance the flexibility of the network to support this growing industry,” said Siror.
“As the demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, Kenya Power will continue to prioritise generation from renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro, wind, biomass and geothermal as guided by the Least Cost Power Development Plan.”
Presently, the country has an installed capacity of 3,321MW against a peak demand of 2,132MW.
During off-peak, the demand drops to about 1,100MW, creating a good opportunity for high-capacity electric vehicle charging, which utilizes the available unused power.
Apart from the planned investment in grid expansion, the company has established an e-mobility steering committee to guide the organization toward ensuring the success of the e-mobility sector.
Early this year, the company successfully made an application to EPRA for the introduction of an e-mobility tariff, which was considered and approved in March.
BasiGo’s public electric vehicle charging station is the first beneficiary of this tariff.