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Kisumu County gears for solar energy to light homes

Kisumu County is banking on green energy programme to increase electricity connectivity for both industrial and household  use.

According to Kisumu County Executive Member in charge of Trade and Energy, Ms. Alice Moraa, only 22 percent of the general  population connected to the National grid.

Speaking  on  Wednesday in Kisumu  when a team from the East  African Community (EAC) called on Kisumu Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathew  Owili, Moraa said in a move to make up for the deficit, the County Government is set to venture into renewable sources of energy to cut household and industrial dependency on the National grid.

“Kisumu, being one of the four towns earmarked as Special Economic Zones (SEZ), has great potential for investment,” she said.

“Plans are underway to establish these special zones in order to encourage setting up of cottage industries,” she added.

Moraa  however, noted lack of reliable power supply was a big hindrance to the investments.

The CEC Member said her department was ready to partner with strategic partners to set up solar energy panels to spur growth of cottage industries.

Winnie  Cheserem, EAC’s  legal affairs officer  said  the Ministry is set to meet members of the legal fraternity from 24 counties  for  two day from this Thursday 9th May to deliberate on issues of EAC’s Integration and harmonization of  laws.

By  George  Kaiga

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