Gishenyi, Western Rwanda — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 13 December 2010 – “The government of Rwanda plans to drill three geothermal exploration wells next year at a cost of about US$20 million (R138 million), according to Ministry of Infrastructure energy expert Stephen Onacha.
“When we confirm geothermal resources in the first well, we will begin developing it for electricity generation immediately,” Onacha said in an interview here. “We won’t wait to drill all the other exploration wells first.”
“Rwanda wants to expand its generating capacity to 1 000MW in seven years from the current 85MW,” state minister for energy Coleta Ruhamya told reporters last week. “That generating capacity will include 300MW of geothermal energy,” she said.
“The government of Rwanda has secured grants of US$4.5 million (R31 million) from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility and US$5.3 million (R36.5 million) from the Nordic Development Fund for a renewable energy project,” the Ministry of Infrastructure revealed last week. The money will form a grant and credit programme for electricity consumers to buy solar systems.