Kenya is a country in East Africa located at the greater Horn of Africa. Before the advent of COVID-19 Kenya’s economy was estimated to be growing at an average growth rate of 5.7 %, and one of the fastest growing in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past 20 years, access to electricity has increased dramatically in Kenya, reaching an electrification rate of 89% in 2017. The Kenyan electricity access success is driven by its renewable energy development and innovative and strategic policies. The country has an abundance of stable renewable energy resources, which include solar, hydro, wind, biomass, and geothermal. Kenya has an ambitious plan to achieve energy access for all by 2022.
Despite positive developments, Kenya, like many countries in the continent of Africa, must overcome the challenges of lack of social and economic opportunities and universal access to clean, reliable, and affordable energy services, to power both a resilient and sustainable economy and to provide affordable and secure energy services for domestic, productive, and value creation activities. Therefore, the need for resilient, sustainable, and just energy systems is even more urgent especially in the wake of health, social, and economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and underlying climate change vulnerabilities.
COBENEFITS Focal Point in Kenya
The Strathmore Energy Research Centre is residing at the University of Strathmore, in Nairobi, Kenya. It acts as the focal point for Kenya during the project period.