ABN – The Rwandan government has leased 22 small hydroelectric plants with a collective power capacity of 24.6 megawatts to private investors.
The Ministry of Infrastructure hopes the move will spur on growth in the hydropower industry.
A power consortium group has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the ministry, which will be responsible for the plants’ operations and maintenance.
The hydroelectric plants are all situated in the northern and western provinces of Rwanda and include the 9-megawatt Kimbili Rukarara plant.
Rwanda currently has 161.2 megawatts of electricity generation capacity installed, of which 97.37 megawatts is hydroelectric, 51.7 megawatts is thermal, 8.7 megawatts solar and 3.6 megawatts gas-generated.
Another 70 megawatts will be added to the grid by the end of this year, and the government is targeting 563 megawatts’ total capacity by 2017.