Rwanda’s Minister of Infrastructure, Hon. James Musoni, and the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), John Morton, will officially open East Africa’s first utility scale solar (PV) plant at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) in Rwanda today.Rwanda Solar PV

SolarServer reported that the 8.5MW Africa shaped solar power plant developed by Gigawatt Global, has successfully financed, developed and connected the $23.7million project which will generate enough power to supply a further 15 000 homes.

It is the first to reach operation under the United States Government’s ACEF (Africa Clean Energy Finance) programme, a key part of President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative.

“The people of Rwanda should be proud to host the first utility-scale solar power plant in East Africa, and we hope that the pioneering spirit of Rwandan authorities may serve as an inspiration to other countries in the region”, Torstein Berntsen, Executive Vice President of investor company Scatec Solar ASA said.

(Pic Credit: SolarServer)

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Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl has been working in the African power, energy and water sectors since 2011, first with African Utility Week and now as the Editor of ESI Africa. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Global and African Power & Energy Elites publications. With her passion for sustainable business and placing African countries on the international stage, Nicolette takes a keen interest in current affairs and technology trends.

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