Rwanda Plans to Achieve 100% Electricity by 2024


Wednesday, February 12, 2019 11:55 AM / By FDC/ Header Image Credit: @RwandaFinance


The Rwanda Energy Group (REG) has announced its plans to have full power supply across all homes in the country. Rwanda has 2.4million households of which 1.4million are connected to electricity - 1 million to on-grid electricity and 400,000 off-grid.


According to the REG report in 2018, 42% of Rwanda's population has access to electricity which is at par with the African electricity access rate: 31% grid-connected and 11% off-grid.


In the country, the 216 MW installed electricity generation capacity is about 13.4% of the total potential generation capacity of 1,613 MW as at 2018. Rwanda is endowed with considerable energy resources such as hydro, solar, peat, gas, and biomass yet to be fully exploited. The country has endured energy crises in the last three decades, and is set to make giant strides in improving electrification.


The REG has ambitious targets to achieve 512 MW installed power generation capacity, from its current 216 MW power generations and have universal access (100%) by 2023/24. It is also determined to achieve 52% on-grid connections and 48% off-grid connections by 2023/24.


The government is also using policies, plans, strategies, legal frameworks, incentives, assets and guarantees to attract investors and private sector energy developers, who would assist in achieving the aspirations and fulfil the ambitious mission targets of 100% electricity access to the whole of Rwanda by 2023/24.

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