Rural Electrification Authority in partnership with Davis and Shirtliff have successfully completed a solar installation project in public schools in Tana River and Lamu counties. The KES58m project will see over 6,000 students in 33 public schools in the two coastal counties gain access to electricity as the government moves to equip public primary schools across the country with laptops.
The partnership comes as part of the ambitious National Primary School Electrification project initiated in 2013, whose overall aim is the integration of ICT in the curriculum delivery to expand digital skills, as enshrined in the government’s agenda, through connecting 21,158 public schools to electricity, according to the Ministry of Energy.The move is one of many similar undertakings geared towards implementing the government’s flagship laptops project.
This move was necessitated by the need for an alternative and lasting solution as not all schools were close enough to the power grid electricity connection.Following a successful tendering process, Davis and Shirtliff, fitted each of the 18 schools in Tana River County and 15 in Lamu County, with 14 solar panels and 10 batteries to power three classrooms, one computer classroom, the staffroom and the head teacher’s office.
The National Primary School Electrification project undertaken by REA is now in its final stages and has so far seen over 20,000 primary schools across the country connected to electricity and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.