The Chinese embassy in Rwanda has donated the solar energy kit system valued at $642,304 (Rwf 430.9m) to the Government of Rwanda expected to light Rural households.
The system that includes solar modules, cabinets, switchboards, batteries, light wires and Compact Fluorescent Lamps was donated on January 9, 2014.
The Chinese ambassador to Rwanda Shen Yongxiang said the support is in the framework of “Eight New Measures to Strengthen China-Africa Cooperation”, under which China offered to support Rwanda with a batch of solar equipment.
The Ministry of Infrastructure said the solar kit systems will be installed in the rural areas of the Southern, Northern and Eastern provinces that are not connected to the national power grid.
Eng. Emma Francoise Isumbingabo, the state minister in charge of energy and water commended the gesture, adding that the kits will boost rural electrification and ultimately improve the well-being of the rural population.
The ministry said a team of Chinese experts had already been dispatched to train 16 Rwandans on the installation, operation and maintenance of the equipment.
The development comes after over 100 homes in Nyagatare District were installed with solar energy last November in the first phase of the project that will be rolled out across the country.
According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Infrastructure, the country needs to invest about $3b to increase access to electricity from 17 per cent to 70 per cent by 2018.
The government targets to increase electricity generation from the current 110MW to about 563MW in five years.
China’s cooperation with Rwanda has continuously grown stronger and is likely to increase in the future as China continues to invest in areas that contribute to the economic growth and transformation of Rwanda.
The Chinese government currently supports Rwanda in infrastructure, health, agriculture, ICT and education sectors.