Kenya Power Invites Solar Mini-Grid Bids To Boost Rural Electrification

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Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has issued an invitation for the submission of bids for the establishment of solar PV mini-grids in several counties, including Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Lamu, Narok, Kilifi, and Kwale.


The project encompasses a wide range of tasks, from designing, supplying, and installing solar PV generation facilities to setting up the associated power distribution network.

Additionally, the contract involves providing operation and maintenance (O&M) services for a duration of 7 years after the commissioning of the plants. This initiative falls under the Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project for Underserved Counties (KOSAP), which is significant for the Energy Ministry funded by the World Bank.


KOSAP’s primary objective is to enhance electricity access in regions of Kenya that have been historically underserved in terms of power availability. The project specifically targets 14 out of the 47 counties in the country, including the 8 counties covered by the KPLC tender.

These selected counties, including those in the tender, collectively make up 72% of the national land area and constitute 20% of the total population of Kenya, as highlighted by the Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC).

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Interested parties are expected to submit their applications for the KPLC tender by September 26, 2023.

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