The Kiambu County government is considering the installation of solar lighting systems as a strategic move to reduce its exorbitant electricity costs, which currently amount to Sh1.7 billion annually.
Governor Kimani Wamatangi expressed concern over the county’s monthly electricity bill, which stands at Sh142 million, equivalent to a staggering Sh1.7 billion on an annual basis, primarily for street lighting. He also highlighted the impending threat of a potential increase in this expense to Sh200 million per month due to escalating power tariffs.
In response to these concerns, Governor Wamatangi announced a significant shift towards solar energy, issuing a directive that all forthcoming street lighting projects should incorporate solar technology. This move is aimed at curbing the substantial financial outlay on electricity.
The governor emphasized, “If the current trend persists, we may find ourselves unable to sustain our electricity payments.”
These remarks were made by Governor Wamatangi during the groundbreaking ceremony for a new level 3 hospital in Kahawa Sukari Ward, Ruiru sub-county, with an estimated cost of Sh50 million.
Accompanied by Kennedy Odhiambo, the area ward representative, Governor Wamatangi disclosed that his administration has initiated the construction of 13 new level 3 hospitals throughout the county. This ambitious healthcare infrastructure expansion project is projected to cost a total of Sh650 million and is aimed at enhancing healthcare services within the region.