Gigawatt Global develops $23.7 million solar farm for Rwanda

By Robin Whitlock Gigawatt Global’s utility-scale solar field in Rwanda boost’s the country’s electricity generation capacity by six percent.   Gigawatt Global has officially launched its  $23.7 million  solar energy plant in the East  African country of Rwanda,  which the  company financed, constructed and  interconnected 12 months after the official  signing of the  Power Purchase[…]

Rwanda Banks On Clean Energy to Achieve Growth Target

By Edwin Musoni Infrastructure minister James Musoni has reiterated government’s interest in exploring clean energy, particularly solar power, to achieve its development targets. Musoni, who was yesterday unveiling a new solar photovoltaic power plant in Rwamagana District, said energy remains a salient resource for both current and future generation. The $23.7 million utility-scale plant, the[…]

1st Utility-Scale Solar Energy Project In East Africa Now Online — Rwanda’s Total Grid Capacity Surges 6%

February 9th, 2015 by James Ayre The first utility-scale solar energy project in the whole of East Africa — Gigawatt Global’s 8.5 gigawatt (GW) solar project at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village — is now online. The completion of the project boosted Rwanda’s total electric grid capacity by ~6%. The project represents the first instance of a utility-scale[…]

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Gigawatt Global plans 1,000 MW solar power in Africa by 2020.   “KIGALI (Reuters) – Dutch company Gigawatt Global said on Thursday it will spend $2 billion to generate 1,000 megawatts of solar power in Africa by 2020 after launching the largest photovoltaic field in East Africa at a village in Rwanda. African nations are[…]

AFRICA INVESTMENT – Africa turns to sunshine to meet surging power demand

By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura […] RWANDA NOW 7 PERCENT SOLAR There is also a movement on the world’s poorest continent towards green alternatives such as geothermal, solar and wind, with some countries using incentives such as decades-long power purchase agreements to entice independent producers. Some are also working on legislation to govern purchases of solar power[…]

Rwanda Orphans School Teaches Unity Post-Genocide

RWAMAGNA, Rwanda April 11, 2014 (AP) By JASON STRAZIUSO Associated Press Most of the kids in a school set amid the lush green, rolling hills of eastern Rwanda don’t identify themselves as Hutu or Tutsi. That’s a positive sign for Rwanda, which is now observing the 20th anniversary of its genocide, a three-month killing spree that, according to the official[…]

Scatec Solar to help develop Rwanda PV Project

Global solar energy company Scatec Solar has partnered with the Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries (Norfund) and Dutch developer Gigawatt Global Coöperatief to close $23.7 million financing on an 8.5MW solar photovoltaic (PV) solar park in Rwanda The project will become East Africa’s first utility-scale solar plant and will increase Rwanda’s power generation capacity by around 8 percent.[…]

Scatec, Norfund in East Africa’s First Solar-Project Funding

Scatec Solar AS and Norfund AS of Norway secured $23.7 million for a Rwandan photovoltaic plant in East Africa’s first financing deal for a solar project. The partners, along with Dutch company Gigawatt Global Cooperatief UA, will develop an 8.5-megawatt solar park in Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Scatec said on Tuesdayin a statement.Construction at the orphan community[…]

Rwanda signs $24m deal for solar power plant near Kigali

Rwanda is set to become the first country in east Africa with a utility-scale solar plant after a $24m deal was signed to build the scheme outside Kigali, the capital. The 8.5 megawatt solar photovoltaic project is the brainchild of American-Israeli green entrepreneur Yosef Abramowitz, a pioneer of Israel’s solar industry. It is expected to[…]