Garissa has been connected to the national grid for the first time after a power line connecting Kindaruma power station to the county went live. The connection will now translate to more stable power supply to homes and businesses as well as increased electricity amount allowing investors to set up larger enterprises.
“Economic opportunities such as the setting up of slaughter houses and processing factories are now a reality,” Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Ketraco) said in a statement.
Garissa has previously been served by diesel-powered generators with an output of 10 megawatts but the new line will deliver 80 megawatts of hydropower.
“This will see animals and animal products processed within the county, refrigerated and supplied to other parts of the country rather than transporting livestock to Nairobi for slaughter.”
Fernandes Barasa, Ketraco managing director said that the benefits will extend beyond the large factories to homes and small businesses like salons and barber shops and bakeries among others.