Rural Electrification Master Plan

REMP Overview

The enactment of the rural electrification master plan entails that rural electrification has become the responsibility of the Rural Electrification Authority (REA), which manages the Rural Electrification Fund (REF). With support from the Government of Japan, REA has prepared a detailed Rural Electrification Master Plan (REMP) that shall serve as a blueprint for electrification for the period 2008 – 2030.

IMPLEMENTATION APPROACH

The REMP is a systematic implementation plan that indicates electrification targets, electrification order, electrification method, time schedule and budget required.

The REMP has set ambitious targets for increasing access to electricity by 2030. The Plan has identified a total of 1,217 Growth Centers in rural areas throughout the country which will be the target for electrification during the period 2008 to 2030. The Master Plan targets to increase the electrification rate in rural areas from the current 3% to 51% by the year 2030. The total investment required to achieve this target over the same period is US$ 1.1 billion equivalent to K4.4 Trillion at the current exchange rate. This translates into an annual expenditure of US$50million about equivalent to K 250 billion between 2008 and 2030.

The growth centers are planned to be electrified using three principal methods of electrification, namely:


  1. Grid extension (extending the existing national grid);
  2. Stand alone electricity systems supplied from renewable sources such as Mini Hydro Power Stations and Biomass Generation;
  3. and Solar Energy