This 8.5 MW solar power plant, located at the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, is the first large-scale, commercial solar plant in East Africa. It supplies electricity to 15,000 households, increasing Rwanda’s power generation capacity by 6%.
The plant is of great importance to Rwanda’s development as only 30% of Rwanda’s population currently has access to electricity (Status 2017). At the time of construction in 2014, less than 15% of people had access. The plant also reduces Rwanda’s GHG emissions by 7,500 tons of CO2 equivalent per year and provides long-term employment to 18 people.
The Access to Energy Fund (AEF) contributed to the funding of the power plant in the form of a loan of USD 10.6 mln in 2014. In view of the sound and stable performance of Gigawatt, FMO took over the investment from the fund in April 2018.