23 October 2013, Kigali – The Rwandan government is set to invest heavily in solar energy and other sources of alternative energy to meet power demands especially in rural areas. The Minister of State in charge of Energy and Water, Françoise Emma Isumbingabo, said this while addressing residents of Rwamagana during celebrations to mark the World Energy Day on Tuesday.
The ceremony was attended among others; by the Minister for Natural Resources, Stanislas Kamanzi, and the Governor of Eastern province Odette Uwamariya. Isumbingabo said that a number of public infrastructure, including schools and health centres, were to benefit from the programme.
“At least 300 schools located far from the main grids will be provided with solar power by end of the year. And 46 health centres will also get the solar power. The whole idea is to maximise power supply in the country,” she said.
The minister further acknowledged the impact of biogas in homes and institutions.
– The New Vision