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[…]

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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.[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Gigawatt Global Finalizes Money to Build Rwanda’s First Commercial Solar Field

A Dutch company said Monday it has begun construction of a solar field in Rwanda in what it said would be the first such large-scale project in eastern Africa. Gigawatt Global Coopereratief said it had closed the $23.7 million financing for the project and that construction began last week. Yosef Abramowitz, president of Gigawatt Global and[…]

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East Africa: Rwanda to Build East Africa’s Largest Solar Plant

Rwanda has started the construction of a new 8.5 MW solar PV plant, the first utility-scale solar power field in East Africa. The plant will be built on land belonging to Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. The PV plant will become East Africa’s first utility-scale solar installation and, once complete, will generate 8% of Rwanda’s electricity. The[…]