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Rwanda wins $840,000 SEFA grant to promote green mini-grids

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Rwanda was awarded a $840,000 grant from the African Development Bank-hosted Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) to promote green mini-grids (GMGs).

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The project is expected to support government efforts to provide electricity connection to at least 145,000 rural households and improve off-grid access rate from 5% to 22% by 2018.

Green mini-grids are village or district-level electrical distribution networks that serve the needs of communities too distant to be economically connected to the grid in the near to medium term, but densely populated enough to offer economies of scale in power delivery compared with individual home systems.

The International Energy Agency has estimated that 40% of investment required to achieve universal electricity access by 2030 can most economically be achieved through mini-grids.

“When completed, the project will promote private sector participation in the nascent and promising green mini-grids market in the country,” said Negatu Makkonen, AfDB Resident Representative in Rwanda.

The project is one of SEFA’s Country Programmes of enabling environment support for GMGs that will address sector planning, regulatory and policy interventions and market development activities in up to six countries in 2016-2017.

In addition, in June 2015 SEFA approved a grant of $1 million to the SE4ALL Africa Hub to promote the scaling-up of GMGs in Africa through the regional GMG Market Development Programme.

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