Posted on16 October, 2017 | 04:36

Rwanda to host international summit on renewable Energy Growth

Rwanda is set to host an international summit as the local and international experts in the energy sector and stakeholders are going to discuss ways of accelerating renewable energy for rural electrification and agricultural development

Rwanda is set to host an international summit as the local and international experts in the energy sector and stakeholders are going to discuss ways of accelerating renewable energy for rural electrification and agricultural development
The annual event will highlight attractive un tapped investment opportunities into Rwandan and East African renewable energy market and provide an international business and partnerships platform with theme ‘Advancing Renewable energy for rural electrification and Agricultural Development’.

The two-day conference for renewable energy will engage private and public sector players for networking, dialogue, and knowledge exchange to scale-up the use of renewable energy for sustainable growth in Rwanda.

The 3rd edition two- day summit was organized by Energy Private Developers (a private company that advocates for development of energy sector in Rwanda) (EPD) in partnership with Rwanda Development Board(RDB) at Kigali Convention Centre where the panel of expert’s government officials, businessmen and pioneers will be discussing on the commercial small and medium hydropower project development in Rwanda and the region.

In addition, the event will feature a training on Financing and Risk Management for Small Hydropower Projects, open for Hydropower developers who are members of Energy Private

The Government of Rwanda plans to provide 70% of the population with access to electricity both on-grid and off-grid by the end of second phase of Economic Development and poverty Reduction strategy phase (EDPRS 2).

The current on-grid access to electricity is estimated at 23% of households and off-grid is 1.5% However, it is expected to increase to 563 MW domestic generation and imports with electricity access on 70% on on-grid and off-grid by the end of 2018.

The project is expected to create 7,000 jobs for women and youth and help support growth of income-generating activities that will enhance people’s household income.

By Richard Ruhumuriza


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