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