The partnership between Energy Development Corp. Ltd. (EDCL) and Ignite Power has resulted in 560 households in Rwanda’s Eastern Province being connected to off-grid power through the installation of a solar power system.
Emmanuel Kamanzi, the managing director of EDCL, said the corporation is working with renewable energy companies like Ignite Power to help provide Rwandans off-grid electricity.
"With the national target of increasing off-grid electricity to 22% of the citizens, EDCL works with 24 solar companies to avail electricity in remote villages that cannot easily be connected on the grid," said Kamanzi.
Ignite Power's Julius Mugisha said clients pay for the solar systems in monthly or weekly installments, which can run to two years. "A client can pay Rwf5,000 per month or Rwf1,250 per week as installment payment for two years where they totally own the solar equipment and use them without paying," he explained.