19 May Rwanda to host its second large-scale PV project
The government has signed an agreement with a consortium consisting of South Africa-based renewable energy company TMM Renewables, Malta-based Gesto Energy Africa and Rwanda-based solar company 3E Power Solar for the construction of a 10 MW PV power plant in the Kayonza district of Rwanda’s Eastern Province. According to Reuters, the project will require an investment of $30 million. This is not the first large-scale PV project under development in the country. In July 2013, the Rwanda government signed a PPA with GigaWatt Global Rwanda Ltd. For an 8.5 MW PV power plant the company plans to develop at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province. Giga Watt Global Rwanda, which was founded by the American founders of Israel-based solar company Arava Power Co., will design, finance, maintain and operate the $23 million power plant. A feasibility study for the project has already been completed, and the plant is expected to be operational in June 2014.