Increasing capacity for hydro plants
In Rwanda, we have been supporting 10 solar and hydro mini-grid projects (from 50kW to 5 MW), which together have the potential to inject 6 MW into the national grid. This is a significant contribution to the government electricity generation target of 563 MW by 2024.
We helped three of these hydro projects get government grants, which enabled them to raise additional funding from banks and investors. One of these projects is now in operation.
We also support 30 local entrepreneurs seeking to build village-scale mini-grids powered by very small-scale hydro projects (typically 1-50 kW), known as pico-hydro. One such developer is Habimana Israel. We helped him to construct a 13 kW plant along the Nyankorogoma River in Kirehe district, eastern Rwanda. The plant will provide electricity to 196 households, 14 businesses and 2 institutions.