Rwanda has constructed an 8.508-megawatt African shaped solar plant east of its capital Kigali.
The solar plant facility has increased the country’s generation capacity by approximately six percent, generating light for about 15,000 homes.
“At project inception, there were only 110 megawatts on grid- of which approximately 40% were diesel – for a population of 12 million people,” said Chaim Motzen, co-founder of Gigawatt Global, the company in charge of building the plant.
“We chose Rwanda because there was a real need and a strong business case,” the co-founder also noted.
An international association of partners including the FMO, a Dutch development bank, Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, Norfund, Scatec Solar and KLP also funded the facility.
“The project was also supported by Power Africa, U.S. president Barack Obama’s initiative to increase access to electricity on the continent,” noted Milena Veselinovic, CNN.
The facility’s construction sits on a 17-hectare land with remote monitoring capacity from Oslo, capital of Norway.
Source: Milena Veselinovic, CNN.