Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across the country are set to benefit from Kenya Power’s plan of preferential tariff that will see an improved quality of power supply and service delivery.
Eng. Aggrey Machasio, Kenya Power’s Acting General Manager for Customer Service and Regional Co-ordination, stated that the company will continue supporting the Government’s agenda of facilitating the manufacturing sector.
He noted that the Government has identified Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) as one of the major enablers in enhancing local manufacturing.
“Our role is to support these customers by providing quality and reliable energy to enable the realization of the country’s development goals,” said Machasio.
Dubbed ‘Boresha Umeme’, this power entails boosting the already-existing network and the national street lighting project to enable SMEs to accelerate their economy 24 hours a day.
“We are working closely and creating a liaison office between Kenya Power, the national security apparatus and local citizens to monitor the street lighting network and address arising challenges that affect the public lighting programme,” said Machasio.
Consecutively, SMEs WhatsApp groups and organized customer engagement forums have been created by the Boresha Umeme campaign to share the company’s plans and get feedback on service delivery.
The firm has arrayed the technology to make sure that SME clients get online access to meter readings and other important information.
SMEs play an important role in Kenya’s economy. The current contribution of the sector in manufacturing stands at 11.8 percent and is expected to rise to 20 percent by 2020.
In its fiscal year that ended 30 June 2018, SME’s contributed Sh27 Billion in the revenue from consumption of electricity compared to Sh23.9 Billion recorded the same period 5 years ago.