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.

1.    Customer Drive
2.    Integrity
3.    Professional excellence
4.    Team Work
5.    Transparency and Accountability
6.    Environmental Consciousness


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

Acceleration of rural electrification in the country.

Under the Energy Act, REA is mandated to undertake the following functions;
1.    Manage the  Rural Electrification Programme Fund;
2.    Develop and update the rural electrification master plan;
3.    Promote the use of renewable energy sources;
4.    Implementation and sourcing of additional funds for the rural electrification programme;
5.  Management of the delineation, tendering and award of contracts for licenses 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 Sanitary Towels to Girls living with disability

In May, the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) donated sanitary towels and garments worth Kshs. 300,000/- to girls living with disability at 8 schools in Kakamega County. REA was invited to carry out the CSR activity by former nominated Senator Hon. Godliver Omondi, and the current Member of the County Assembly (MCA) for Kholera Ward, Kakamega County. She is also the Patron of the United Disabled Persons of Kenya (UDPK). The REA team that accompanied the former nominated Senator included Elizabeth Onoka, Lucy Muricho and Anne Bosibori.

The schools which benefited from this CSR activity include Bulimbo Special school, Matungu SDA Special school for the mentally handicapped, Koyonzo Special School for the visually impaired, Kiyondo Special school, St. Angela Secondary school for the deaf, Arise and Shine special school for the disabled, Daisy Special school for the physically handicapped and vocational training and Kakamega Special school for the deaf, all in Kakamega County.

During visit, Hon. Godliver shared her experience growing up as a disabled girl in the village and the way she managed to grow to become a Senator despite the challenges. She encouraged the girls to overlook their physical challenges and to work hard towards achieving their dreams.

On behalf of the schools visited, Hon. Omondi thanked REA for the support and requested for future partnership between REA and UDPK to offer support to persons living with disability through REA’s CSR programme. The REA officials encouraged the UDPK and the respective schools to send in their proposals for CSR partnership each year for consideration noting that REA is a disability conscious organization that considers employment and procurement opportunities for persons living with disability.

Tree Planting at Sompet Primary School

Members of staff form REA Head Quarters and Mombasa road Office in conjunction with pupils, teachers, the local community, county administrators and the County Government of Kajiado carried out a tree planting exercise at Sompet Primary school, Kajiado South, Kimana Constituency, on 12th May, 2018. The school is located in Kimana on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Wangari Githii, REA’s Manager, Corporate Communications, said the tree planting exercise at the school was part of the national tree planting day exercise which was being undertaken countrywide with the theme “Panda Miti, Penda Kenya” She encouraged the school to start an environment club to take care of the trees planted and also to inculcate a culture of environmental conservation in the children. She informed the gathering that REA would visit the school later to check on the progress of the trees planted and if they have been well taken care of, the school would be considered for future CSR initiatives in the area of education such as donation of books.
The schools headmaster Mr Henry Sankale thanked REA for choosing their school to plant the trees and pledged that the school would take care of the trees planted so that they grow to maturity. He said the trees planted were expected to act as a fence for the school, while some would be used as shade for the pupils during break time. The Area Agricultural Officer Ernest Njogholo informed the community that his office would soon start tree planting programmes in collaboration with the community to enhance the area’s forest cover. He asked the community to give importance to tree planting as trees contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife.
Looking into the future, REA is committed towards implementing the President’s directive that all Government Agencies should set aside some of the CSR funds annually to carry out tree planting initiatives. 


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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