Kenya Power has launched a self-service portal to enable customers apply for electricity connections without having to visit the company’s offices physically.
Customers can use Kenya Power’s mobile phone app ‘My Power’ to apply for electricity or visit the self-service website using a computer or a mobile phone.
When making their applications, customers will be required to submit land/property ownership documents, ID cards and PIN certificates through the portal. Once they apply, customers will get a reference number instantaneously that they can use to proactively query and track their application status via USSD code *977#.
The company will also send customers text messages updating them whenever their application moves to the next stage.
“The convenient application process will also help drive sales, which is among the key pillars of our turnaround strategy,” said the Managing Director and CEO Mr Bernard Ngugi.
This launch follows a successful pilot phase during which 7,000 applications were processed through the online platform.
The self-service portal will also eliminate instances of customers falling prey to fraudsters who ask them to pay for application forms or claim they can assist customers apply for power at a fee.
“Electricity application has never attracted any charges and will remain free. This digitized process will help curtail opportunities for middlemen and fraudsters to exploit customers,” added Mr Ngugi.
Through the portal, customers can also report power outages, carry out prepaid token purchase queries, submit meter readings to get actual monthly bills for post-paid customers, among others.
At the same time, among the efforts being put in place to enhance the new connection process is the full digitisation of the network which is ongoing. Once fully complete, this will reduce the time taken to issue a quotation after application and make it easier to locate a customer’s premises in response to service requests.