"Kenya is committed to ensuring universal access to energy by 2020,” according the country’s Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter.
Speaking at the third International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference in Nairobi, he said that 100 per cent electricity access would be achieved “through exploitation of the locally available energy sources including off-grid solutions".
More than 500 participants gathered for the conference, which is organised by the International Renewable Energy Agency.
IRENA says that roughly 15 per cent of the world’s population lives without electricity but it believes off-grid solutions can provide an estimated 60 per cent of the additional generation needed to achieve universal access.
IRENA director-general Adnan Amin said: “Access to electricity is a central building block for socio-economic development. It empowers communities to increase income and productivity, gain access to healthcare and education, enhance water and food security, and improve general well-being.”
He added that “a confluence of factors, including cost declines and technology innovations, are making it more possible than ever to achieve universal electricity access through off-grid renewables.”