REA’s first Strategic Plan (2008/09 – 2012/13) was intended to achieve the Government’s development strategy of realizing vision 2030. The Government of Kenya’s primary goal as articulated in Vision 2030 is provision of a high quality of life to citizens by the year 2030 whereby electricity is identified as one of the critical factors of a high quality of life. The target of the Vision was to connect all public facilities and 1 million households by the year 2013 and to ensure all Kenyans have access to electricity by the year 2030.
Implementation of REA’s first strategic plan for the period 2008 – 2013 factored the 1st medium plan term Government strategy of realizing vision 2030 and has been instrumental in driving REA’s vision and achievement of its mandate. REA’s goal during this period was to connect the three main public facilities that is; secondary schools, trading centres and to achieve a connectivity target of 22% in the rural areas by June 2013. This target was surpassed and by December 2012, connectivity was estimated at 26%.
Other public facilities electrified during this period included public primary schools, polytechnics, administrative offices, churches, mosques, coffee factories and processing plants, police posts, tea buying centres and water projects.
Electrification of public facilities is still ongoing, with the intention of achieving the Government’s target of universal access by the year 2020.