Rwanda tackles power problem
The Rwandan Ministry of Infrastructure is moving on a number of initiatives to extend a reliable and affordable power supply across the country.
In line with its stated goals to make affordable, reliable electricity as widely available as possible, the government is working on a new hydropower facility and investigating alternative energy sources.
A USD110 million hydropower dam being built along the Rusizi River is set for completion by early 2014.
It will generate around 28 megawatts of power, says the Ministry.
Two senior staff of the power utility in Egypt (Egyptian Authority of Renewable Energy) visited Kigali recently to transfer knowledge on solar and wind energy.
During their visit, wind potential assessment software called WAsP (Wind Atlas Analysis and Application program) was introduced to Rwandese experts to help the eight trained government staff in planning and execution of wind systems.
Solar and wind power are some of alternatives the government of Rwanda is exploiting to electrify schools, health centres, administrative offices and in heating residential and institutional used water. 39 health institutions are currently using solar power.
Rwanda’s target is to electrify at 100% of schools, health centres and administrative offices far from the national grid through solar energy by 2017.