Some primary, secondary schools to be powered using solar panels

By Regina Manyara 

Public primary and secondary schools in areas not served by the national grid will be powered by solar panels.

To date, 22,423 public primary and 9,275 secondary schools have been connected to the national grid under the last mile project.

Senate Committee on Energy Vice Chair Danson Mwazo says the program to install solar panels in the affected schools would commence soon to pave way for the roll out of digital learning.

In December 2015, Kenya Power, signed 11 contractual agreements to fast-track the implementation of the Last Mile Connectivity Project.

The project that is being implemented in conjunction with the Rural Electrification Authority is on course with twenty two thousand four hundred and twenty three primary schools and nine thousand two hundred and seventy five secondary schools already connected to the national grid.

Of these, four thousand three hundred and seventy nine public primary schools are powered by solar panels.

However, a section of senators have expressed concern over distribution of electricity connection to public schools in some parts of the country and the last mile project.

Mwazo says an elaborate program on solar energy for public schools would soon be unveiled.

Government is targeting to have power in all public schools by today after which the project will focus on trading centers.

  

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