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Monday, 10 February 2014

Rwanda to raise power generation

Rwanda plans to increase the country's installed power capacity from 110.8 megawatts (MW) to 563MW by 2017, says Silas Lwakabamba, Minister for Infrastructure, in the New Times.
Lwakabamba said to achieve the target, an estimated US$1.8billion dollars will be required to annually increase power generation by at least 100MW for the next four years and help sustain the expected growth across all sectors of the economy.

However, Edward Ndayisaba, chairman of Energy Private Developers Association, said members' efforts are always curtailed by a host of challenges, including a lack of clear policy to guide private investment in the energy sector and reluctancy by banks to fund them.He added that procedures on how developers can acquire sites for hydro-power development are not clear and the sector has complex and unfair tender requirements.