Solar 2017 Rwanda
“Arise, shine for your light has come,” reads a sign at the entrance to the first major solar power farm in Rwanda.
The government agreed to a joint bid by Gigawatt Global, Norfund and Scatec Solar, backed by Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative. Construction began in February 2015 and was finished by July. “It’s the fastest project in Africa.”
. Chaim Motzen, Gigawatt Global’s co-founder and managing director, and a solar industry pioneer in Israel, said: “Rwanda has an excellent business environment – no corruption – and that played a role. I also think they were serious about wanting to move quickly. We had good partners on the ground. It’s now being used as a model: you can do energy deals quickly and get things done. It’s a catalyst for future projects in Rwanda and hopefully not just in Rwanda to inspire others to do what we’re doing.”
Solar energy is a key element in Africa’s future, Motzen believes. “Is it the only solution? No, because solar is intermittent. But will it be a major part of the solution? I believe it will.”
Another example of the development of Rwanda’s solar sector is Ignite power which is the largest solar financing company in Rwanda. IGNITE POWER has the fastest scale up in Africa with a connection rate of close to 250 homes (1,500 people) per day in Rwanda. Rwanda is leapfrogging into the future of energy with such initiatives.
In 2015, Rwanda set the record for the largest solar power project in East Africa, with the Rwamagana solar power plant in Aghozo-Shalom village. Although the record was later broken by Uganda’s 19 million USD Soroti Solar plant, Rwanda is now back on the lead, with the 38 million USD Ignite Rwanda solar projects.
In order to fuel its economic growth, Rwanda’s target is to substantially increase its energy supply from 190 MW in 2016 to 563MW in 2018. While at the same time increasing access to electrification to 100% of households and public institutions with a combination of 48% on grid and 52% off grid energy supply solutions. In 2017, the company targets to connect 30,000 households every quarter.
Also, Rwanda off grid solar lighting market is anticipated to witness highest gains over 18% CAGR. Government initiatives such as subsidy, pay as you go scheme, and other benefits are likely to propel industry growth in the country.
A market with huge opportunities will bring to you Solar Africa 2017 Rwanda from 22- 24 November 2017, where more than 100 exhibitors from 15 countries will showcase their latest wares to thousands of trade buyers and decision makers from throughout India, Africa, and further afield.
With the biggest aftermarket brands on-board, spread over 15 product categories, Solar Technology and Manufacturing, Project Installations, Solar Panels, Storage/Batteries to name a few.
SOLAR AFRICA brings together domestic and international solar players with East African commercial and industrial power users to explore grid-tied and off-grid commercially viable opportunities. Serving as forum to connect local developers with international partners and investors the conference aims to create well capitalized and experienced partnerships who can deliver high quality in a timely manner to the East African region.
Connect with the right people for your company; this is just a beginning of greater opportunities. There is no better place to be for getting market players, decision makers and investors in one room, especially in this region that has huge potential.
SOLAR AFRICA will continue to deliver growth to your business and to East Africa for years to come. It will be a combination of attendees, speakers, exhibitors and hours of networking. So you can mark your calendars, as Solar Africa 2017 Rwanda awaits.
Do not miss out on this unrivalled opportunity to network within industry peers and discuss and define the future of the East African Solar industry, be sure to be there.