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The Minister for Infrastructure James Musoni has said the government is working hard to meet its objectives of 70% of the population having access to electricity in the country by 2017 (currently 22%), as set in the second Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS-2).

Musoni on Wednesday affirmed that power generation will increase through projects such as Nyabarongo I (28MW), Kivuwatt (25MW), Gishoma Peat Plant (15MW) and Giggawatt solar power plant (8.5MW) which are in the pipeline for next year.

“In addition, through regional and domestic projects we shall meet the high demand of energy; the construction of transmission lines is ongoing as well as interconnection of the northern corridor to make sure that any country which has a surplus of energy can sell it to others. We recently reached an agreement with the Ethiopian government to import 400MW of power and another 30MW is expected to be imported from Kenya next year,” the Minister said.

Jean Bosco Mugiraneza, the CEO of the Rwanda Energy Group, reiterated that the government will further generate 100MW from peat, 100MW hydropower from Nyabarongo II, 50MW from methane gas, 80MW from Rusumo hydro and 147MW from Rusizi III hydro project. Geothermal exploration will also start next year,

“Based on the strategies under development, we might even reach 100% access to electricity. We shall shift from the current 155MW to 563MW by 2017 as expected, and beyond,” Mugiraneza said.Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Google+Share on Linkedin

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