Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has allocated 7.1 billion for purposes of undertaking transformer maximization in all parts of the country. The aim of the project is to enhance electricity access and connectivity in areas with large populations that had not been previously not been reached due to the 600 metres radius transformer limitation.
Through this project, the Authority intends to install about 1,450 transformers across the country by the end of the 2017/18 financial year. The project involves installation of five (5) extension transformers per constituency in the grid areas where HT lines have previously been implemented.
REA has been working in consultation with the communities through their area leaders to identify priority areas per constituency for implementation of this project.
The transformer maximization project is expected to open up the rural areas through supply of essential power for economic activities, facilitation of business opportunities and enhanced security. It will also expected to fast-track the connection of households that are 600 metres away from the grid. The project is also in line with the strategy of REA in its endeavor to write up rural Kenya and supporting the overall objective of the Government in achieving universal access to electricity by 2020.