The Government of Rwanda has entered in a deal with Goldsol II, an energy consortium, to construct a 10MW solar power plant worth $20 million in Kayonza district, Eastern Province.
The Agreement will provide a framework to carry out a feasibility study that will assess the project’s power generation and the project is expected to be operational by 2016.
Rwanda has a 2017 energy target of 563Megawatts to allow for affordable access to power to cover most of the country, which is currently at 19.4 percent to increase to 70 percent by 2017. The current installed generation capacity is close to 120MW.
Rwanda Development Board’s Chief Executive Officer Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza said the 10 MW which is half of our solar energy target of 20MW by 2017, is fundamental to further boosting Rwanda’s growth.
In related development, Rwanda’s Ministry of Infrastructure, on January 9, 2014 signed Handover of the Solar Equipment donated by the Chinese Government to Rwanda to seal an agreement that will see 416 families around the country connected to solar energy.
The equipment valued at about $642,304 was supplied by a Chinese company and will be installed in rural areas where there is no access to the national grid. This is part of the pilot project that has been undertaken by government to increase access to electricity off the main grid.