UK’s non-profit organization, Energy 4 Impact, has taken the role to assist the Rwandan government in providing access to electricity for rural inhabitants through off-grid connections, as the government of Rwanda seeks to push national electricity coverage to 70% by 2018, with 22% accounted for by off-grid connections, ESI Africa reported.
Energy 4 Impact’s Country Manager, Herbert Nyaga, explained that their program aims to increase access to power by supporting private sector companies to deliver energy to 77,000 people in poor rural areas.
The initiative is part of Rwanda’s off-grid renewable energy support program which started in July and will extend until June 2019. The program covers the Renewable Energy Small Projects (RESP) Development Facility which will accelerate the development and growth of small isolated mini-grid RESP projects, including solar mini-grids and projects based on other renewable energy approaches, according to East African Business Week.
Energy 4 Impact is a non-profit organization working to alleviate poverty in developing countries through increased access to sustainable, renewable energy. It backs the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises that deliver energy products and services to the poor. Energy 4 Impact works to provide access to energy where large utilities are slow or unable to reach.