Kenya Power to offer preferential tariff to SME zones

Currently, SME’s contribution in the manufacturing sector stands at 11.8 percent

Kenya Power is working on a plan that will see Small and Medium Enterprises receive preferential tariff and improved quality of  electricity supply boosting service delivery.

Kenya Power’s Acting General Manager for Customer Service and Regional  Co-ordination, Eng. Aggrey Machasio, says the electricity distributor will continue to support the Government’s agenda of enhancing the  manufacturing sector.

“The Government has identified Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) as one of the major enablers in enhancing local manufacturing.  Our role is to support these customers by providing quality and  reliable energy to enable the realization of the country’s development  goals,” says Machasio.

The plan, dubbed ‘Boresha Umeme’, includes boosting the existing network and national street lighting project to enable SMEs to propel  the 24-hour economy.

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“We are working closely and creating a liaison office between Kenya Power, the national security apparatus and local citizens to monitor  the street lighting network and address rising challenges that affect  the public lighting programme,” Machasio adds.

The company has deployed technology to ensure SME customers get online  access to meter readings and other important information. Currently, SME’s contribution in the manufacturing sector stands at  11.8 percent and is expected to rise to 20 percent by 2020.

In its financial year that ended in June 2018, SME’s contributed Sh27 Billion in revenue from electricity consumption compared to Sh23.9 Billion recorded within the same period 5 years ago.

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