Electricity

$24m Japanese grant to boost stable power supply

The government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency, is set to provide a new grant of 2.635 billion yen ($23.653 million) to reinforce the country’s capacity to avoid the risk of large-scale power outages by allowing a stable supply of electricity. A joint JICA-...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:35am

[FEATURED] Bweyeye residents experiencing the benefits of access to electricity

It’s now a year since Bweyeye dwellers have been connected to the grid. The place is located on the other side of Nyungwe forest in Rusizi District with several kilometers off the main road. It  was previously considered as one of the remotest and most isolated centers in Rwanda. The...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 12:14am

Govt targets 50% electricity rollout

The government has said that access to electricity will reach 51 per cent by the end of this fiscal year up, from the current 45 per cent. Officials from the Ministry of Infrastructure announced the development in Kigali yesterday during the signing of performance contracts with its agencies. The...

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 1:26am

[FEATURED] Gicumbi Residents experiencing a positive change after being connected to the national electricity grid

Many residents in Gicumbi are experiencing a positive change in their living conditions after being connected to the national electricity grid in the last one year. In just one fiscal year of 2017-2018, 6136 households have been connected to the national grid according to Nkudabakuze Fulgence, the...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:30am

Mini-grids for rural growth

NAIROBI/NEW DELHI – More than 300 million people in India lack access to electricity, while in Sub-Saharan Africa, twice that many live without power. With population growth forecast to exceed connection rates, “energy poverty” is expected to worsen before it improves. For...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 11:49pm

Editorial: Renewable energy gets a lifeline, but are there takers?

Rwanda and Sweden this week signed a loan guarantee agreement to extend Development Bank of Rwanda’s capacity to extend lending to SMEs involved in the renewable energy sector. Energy generation has long been seen as a prerogative of the government with hardly a footprint of  the...

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 11:25pm

FEATURED: How electricity connectivity has improved livelihoods of residents in Gisagara district

Janvier Muhoza, 19, owns and operates a barber shop which he started a month ago as a result of access to electricity connection made in Ruhuha Model Village under the Integrated Development Programme in Mamba sector, Gisagara District. Muhoza was not fortunate to continue his studies, having...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 10:59pm

FEATURED: Relief as Ndiza residents get on-grid power connectivity

Over 800 households in Rongi and Nyabinoni sectors, a region known as Ndiza in Muhanga District, are currently enjoying on-grid electricity as Rwanda Energy Group (REG) continues to extend energy to households across the country. With a power line that cuts across River Nyabarongo, this...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 7:56am