The Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC) has joined forces with Lamu County in a partnership aimed at advancing rural electrification projects, committing a combined total of Sh20 million towards this endeavor.

The collaboration, formalized on Thursday, underscores the shared commitment to promoting sustainable energy solutions in Lamu County, as highlighted by REREC CEO Rose Mkalama.

Lamu County has allocated Sh10 million for two sub-counties in the current financial year, with REREC pledging to match this amount through its Matching Fund model, effectively doubling the resources available for electrification initiatives.

Governor Issa Timamy emphasized the strategic importance of electrifying Lamu West sub-county, known for its significant arable land, which presents opportunities for boosting economic activities, particularly in fishing, horticulture, dairy, and crop farming.

Timamy noted that connecting Lamu West to the national grid would catalyze economic growth and enhance food security in the region.

REREC has a proven track record in Lamu, having completed 24 projects worth Sh210 million, with ongoing projects valued at Sh138.2 million in the current financial year.

Additionally, REREC will embark on a project under the Kenya Off-grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP), supported by the World Bank, to solarize 21 boreholes in the county, with an estimated cost of Sh49 million.

The collaboration framework signed between REREC and Lamu sets the stage for effective cooperation in implementing electrification projects and programs, facilitating sustainable development in the county.

REREC’s innovative financing approach, particularly the Matching Fund program, has enabled the corporation to leverage funds from counties and constituencies to implement additional electrification projects across the country.

Encouraging wider adoption of this approach, REREC calls upon counties and MPs to embrace the model, emphasizing its effectiveness in extending electricity connections to public facilities and households.

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