Solar Energy in Rwanda

Category: Project generation Published: Friday, 14 November 2014

Solar Energy in Rwanda

Introduction 

Rwanda is located in East Africa at approximately two degrees below the equator. It borders with Burundi in the South, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Tanzania in the East and Uganda in the North.

It is generally characterized by Savannah climate and its geographical location endows it with sufficient solar radiation intensity approximately equal to 5kWh/m2/day and peak sun hours of approximately 5 hours per day.

 

Existing Projects

In 2006, the government of Rwanda signed an MoU with German state Rhineland-Palatinate to construct, own and operate a 250 kWp grid connected solar plant and commissioning was done in 2007.

It was funded by the German municipal power company Stadtwerke Mainz and installed by Juwi in 2008.

The plant was constructed on the top of Mount Jali in Kigali City. Since its commissioning date, the plant has been operating successfully.

 

Greenfield 10 MW grid connected Solar PV Plant

A public call for pre-qualification for the design, build, finance, own/operate a 10 MW solar power plant has been launched. The 25 hectares site is located in Eastern province of Rwanda in Nyagatare District, approximately 190 km from Kigali. Access is made from main road that cuts through the land plot, 2.4 km long. Within the site there is a 30Kv transmission line and a 50KvA transformer that will be upgraded to evacuate the power generated from the 10 MW plant.

 

The plant (10 MW Solar plant) will be constructed on an Independent Power Producer (IPP) basis. The PPA (Power Purchasing Agreement) and a 25 years Land Lease Agreement will be signed between the investor and the government of Rwanda.

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