(Request for Information on un-electrified primary schools)

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) commenced the National Public Primary Schools’ Electrification Project in July 2013, as part of the Jubilee Government’s flagship projects, to facilitate digital learning in public primary schools. The objective of this notice is to seek information from the public on any existing un-electrified public primary school.

When the project started the data available then indicated a total of 19,000 public primary schools.  Since then more schools have been identified and the number currently stands at 23,375 public primary schools. Out of this number, a total of 22,249 schools have been fully electrified (18,074 through grid extension and 4,175 through installation of solar PV systems) while major construction work has been completed for 646 schools and are awaiting transformers and commissioning. Work is in progress for a further 247 primary schools but this has been affected by a shortage of line construction materials. Arrangements have been made to acquire the missing materials by around mid-July 2016 and they are expected to be completed by the end of August 2016.The final group of un-electrified schools comprise of 233 newly identified public primary schools and design work has been completed, construction contracts awarded and construction is scheduled to commence during the second half of July 2016.

REA appreciates the support from the Government by ensuring regular flow of funds to the Authority through the Ministry of Energy & Petroleum which has enabled the successful implementation of the project. At the completion of this project, a total of Kshs.35billion will have been spent. REA further appreciates the support and co-operation received from various stakeholders led by Members of Parliament during implementation of the project.

The public is invited to visit the REA website and report any public primary school that may not be in any of the three lists of primary schools pending electrification and is not electrified (i.e. has neither grid supply nor solar) through email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Communications Manager on 0722587639 indicating the location of the school by county and constituency. This information should reach REA by 20th July 2016.  It is important to note that this applies only to existing public primary schools and NOT proposed schools or schools under construction. In the past there have been incidences of schools with electricity being forwarded to REA as schools without electricity due to lack of up-to-date information on the part of the person reporting. It is therefore recommended that a person reporting a school has no electricity first confirms its status by visiting the school or calling the headmaster to avoid REA incurring unnecessary costs.

Please take note that if we do not receive any additional schools as indicated above and we complete the electrification of the 233 recently identified primary schools listed on our website, REA will then proceed to declare all primary schools in Kenya electrified.


Dr. Simon Gicharu                                                                                          Ng’ang’a Munyu
Chairman, Board of Directors                                                                     Chief Executive Officer

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