About REA

The Rural Electrification Authority was established under Section 66 of the Energy Act, 2006 (No 12 of 2006) as a body corporate. It was created in order to accelerate the pace of rural electrification in the country, a function which was previously undertaken by the Ministry of Energy.

Core Values

  • Customer Drive: REA shall perform its duties with total commitment, respect for people and deliver timely and quality services.
  • Integrity: REA shall carry out its duties with integrity.
  • Professional Excellence: REA shall uphold professionalism and excellence in performance of its functions.
  • Team Work: REA shall embrace teamwork in the execution of its mandate.
  • Transparency and Accountability: REA shall be transparent and accountable in execution of the mandate of the Authority.
  • Environmental Consciousness: REA shall be conscious about environmental sustainability in its operations.


Rural Electrification Authority (REA) was established under the provisions of the Energy Act No. 12 of 2006 for purposes of enhancing rural electrification in the country.The Authority became operational in July 2007 with the appointment of Board Members.

Our Mandate
To accelerate the pace of rural electrification in order to promote sustainable socio- economic development. Under the Energy Act, REA is mandated to undertake the following functions:

  • Manage the Rural /electrification Programme Fund
  • Develop and update the rural electrification master plan
  • Promote the use of renewable energy sources including small hydros, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hybrid systems and oil fired components taking into account specific needs of certain areas including the potential for using electricity for irrigation and in support of off-farm income generating activities.
  • Implementation and sourcing of additional funds for the rural electrification programme
  • Management of the delineation, tendering and award of contracts for licences and permits for rural electrification

As a socially responsible organization, REA has continued to support sustainable initiatives by communities that empower and contribute to the building of a prosperous and vibrant society.
Our CSR strategy focuses on the following local pillars where REA can make a unique and sustainable difference.

•    Environment                                         •    Water
•    Sports                                                  •    Education
•    Culture                                                     
•    Health

Donation of books at Ndindiri pri Schl - Kilifi County     A tree planting exercise at Taita Mauche Pri- 2014




In October 2012, REA brought cheer to the AINA childrens home in Tigania west in Nchiiru by paying a visit and donating foodstuff, clothes and toys.

Thanks to Rural Electrification the home can manage to have dental equipments sorting some of the agony that is usually experienced as a result of a toothache. In addition to this, a clinic was opened up that serves the home and the community.


On November 10th 2012, Rural Electrification Authority conducted a tree planting exercise at Nyeri Hill. The tree planting exercise was conducted in collaboration with the Kenya Forest Service and the local community.

Over 3000 trees were planted covering an area larger than 3 hectares in an exercise that was aimed at promoting environmental sustainability and reforestation of the upper Tana region.

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