Nairobi, Kenya — (METERING.COM) — September 25, 2012 – Kenya Power has started the large scale rollout of prepaid meters with the target to retrofit 520,000 prepaid meters by June 2013.
The project follows a successful pilot in various parts of Kenya involving 174,810 meters.
Launching the KShs.5.8 billion (US$68.4 million) project, Kenya Power managing director Joseph Njoroge said the pilot had addressed various challenges and led to increase in the level of confidence in prepaid metering.
“That is why we are rolling out the program to retrofit the prepaid meters,” said Njoroge, adding that the company aims to connect all targeted postpaid customers with the prepaid meters by 2015.
Njoroge also commissioned retail vendors selling tokens for the prepaid meters. Ten third party vendors are already operational besides the 12 Kenya Power vending outlets, and more will become operational as more prepaid meters are installed.
Future plans include piloting a system to load prepaid meters with credit from the vending machine direct to the meter without the customer’s intervention.