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Governor Wamatangi adopts new plan to slash Ksh1B electricity bill

Friday, June 7th, 2024 16:04 | By
Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi speaking during the launch of solar-powered streetlights. PHOTO/@KWamatangi/X
Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi speaking during the launch of solar-powered streetlights. PHOTO/@KWamatangi/X

Kiambu governor Kimani Wamatangi has unveiled a new plan to help the county cut down on a Ksh1 billion electricity bill.

Wamatangi through his official X account on Friday, June 7, 2024, said Kiambu has officially adopted solar as a main source of energy, a move that will help in slashing the huge electricity bill it faces annually.

6,000 solar streetlights

Wamatangi said he had unveiled 6,000 solar streetlights, which will be installed across the county in a move towards sustainability and financial prudence.

"Kiambu County has officially adopted solar as a main source of energy after we unveiled 6,000 solar streetlights, which will be installed across the county in a move towards sustainability and financial prudence," Wamatangi said in a statement via his X account.

Wamatangi noted that solar-powered street lights have minimal to zero maintenance costs and no monthly power bills.

Other projects

According to the Kiambu County chief, the programme will be extended to other projects among them health facilities, water projects, county offices, and all county facilities.

Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi during the launch of solar-powered streetlights. PHOTO/@KWamatangi/X.

This, Wamatangi says, is a move aimed at cutting the high cost of power bills.

"Going forward, all streetlights in the county will be solar-powered, which have minimal to zero maintenance costs and no monthly power bills. The programme will progressively be extended to health facilities, water projects, county offices, and all county facilities as Kiambu moves towards cutting the high cost of power bills," Wamatangi said.

The Kiambu County boss further noted that his administration spends about Ksh1 billion on electricity annually, with hospitals alone consuming over Ksh500 million while streetlights consume Ksh210 million per year.

Kiambu governor Kimani Wamatangi opening a container with solar-powered streetlights during the launch on June 7, 2024. PHOTO/@KWamatangi/X.

He says the programme will usher in a new era of clean and renewable energy in the wake of the rising cost of electricity.

"Currently, the county government spends about Sh1 billion on electricity annually, with hospitals alone consuming over Sh500 million while streetlights consume Sh210 million per year. The ambitious program, dubbed “Angaza Kiambu” promises to usher in a new era of clean and renewable energy in the wake of the rising cost of electricity," Wamatangi added.

Wamatangi on Kenya Power

However, Wamatangi noted that Kiambu is not entirely disconnecting from the Kenya Power grid but aims to progressively transition to solar energy.

"The county is not entirely disconnecting from the Kenya Power grid but aims to progressively transition to solar energy. This strategic move is designed to address immediate power needs while securing a brighter, greener future for Kiambu's residents and future generations," he said.

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