(Information taken from Africa Weekly, Edition 1:16 and The World Bank)

The World Bank has approved an International Development Agency (IDA) grant for US$4.5 million equivalent, to improve the policy and institutional framework of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sub-sectors and to increase private sector participation in the renewable energy sector in Rwanda.

The objectives of the Sustainable Energy Development Project for Rwanda are to: a) improve policy and institutional framework of the renewable energy and energy efficiency sub-sectors; and b) increase private sector participation in the renewable energy sector.

There are five components to the project, the first component being strengthening of renewable energy policy, strategy and management. The main objective of this component is to help the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) streamline and coordinate activities by supporting the development of operational guidelines for project design and implementation. The second component is the efficient utilization of biomass resources. The aim of this component is to increase the efficiency in the charcoal value chain by promoting more efficient stoves and charcoal production methods. The third component is the sustainable development of micro hydro resources. The scope of the component is to provide transparent market regulation and guidelines to facilitate small distributed power production and distribution services while building local private sector capacity that can plan, design, implement, and operate the plants. The fourth component is the solar energy. The project will also provide initial support to develop the market for solar water heaters (SWH) in Rwanda.

Due to the small market size the support will focus on building early market incentives and promotions including support for market surveys, technical specifications and guidelines for procurement, advice on appropriate taxes incentives and capacity building of private sector companies, etc.

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Electricity Access Scale-up and Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) Development Project

Project Description: The Electricity Access Scale-up and Sector Wide Approach (SWAp) Development Project aims to improve access to reliable and cost-effective electricity services for households and priority public institutions.

The objective of the Electricity Access Scale-up and SWAp Development Project for Rwanda is to improve access to reliable and cost-effective electricity services for households and priority public institutions. The project has three components. (1) National Grid rollout component. The project investments will be targeting areas identified in the National Electricity Access Program (NEAP) access prospectus to be suitable for grid connection following a least cost prioritization model. The investments will initially focus on urban areas where there's a large potential to connect poorer households at relatively lower cost per connection. The project will also support the initial NEAP investments in green-field areas close to the existing grid.

The investment program has been divided in the following subcomponents: (a) Grid intensification in Urban and Peri-Urban areas; (b) Electrification of new districts and sectors including MV extensions and LV reticulation; (c) Backbone MV/HV grid strengthening, improved operational capacity and service network expansion. (2) Green connections component. The project will finance a range of activities to improve affordability for the consumers and reduce the need for additional generation resources. (3) Technical assistance, capacity strengthening, and implementation support component will finance technical assistance and capacity building to ensure adequate management of the NEAP and SWAP.

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