Rwanda will be importing 30MW of power from state owned generation utility Kenya Power in 2015 to help meet the increasing energy demands, The Africa Report reported on Wednesday.

Rwanda has a total generation output of 160MW, just enough to meet the current demand. With the number of consumers increasing they are beginning to struggle to keep up and have to resort to alternative solutions.

The new 400 kilovolt (kv) high voltage transmission line will run from Olkaria, the geothermal hub of Kenya, stretch across Uganda through to Birembo in Rwanda.

Businesses are facing high electricity costs and unreliable power supply, hindering the growth and development of the economy.

Advancements and Benefits

The transmission project will add to the existing infrastructure connecting Uganda and Kenya.

Kenya has exploited various renewable resources such as hydro and geothermal to maximise the country’s generation output. These alternative measures were necessary to keep up with local energy demand as well as expand modern energy to those communities without access.

In Kenya, currently only 32% of Kenyans have access to power, plans are in place to increase this number in the short to medium term while according to the Rwanda Energy Group, 70% of Rwanda’s population will be electrified by 2017 through an integrated energy mix.

The US Energy Information Administration said that the World Bank identified only 9% of Uganda’s population have access to power, a number which the Ugandan government is working towards increasing.