Rewanda’s rural electrification programme will be boosted by off-grid power solutions, including renewable energy sources, which will be instrumental in the programme.
The Managing Director of BBOXX, a local solar energy provider, Justus Mucyo said off-grid power supply for Rwandans who are not served by the national grid will reduce pressure on forests, as well as the health risks presented by use of kerosene lamps and wood.
Mucyo said the company is working together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited to help achieve the target of the government of connecting 70 percent of Rwandan population with electricity by 2017/18.
Rwanda targets to provide electricity to 70 percent of all households by the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year. About 48 percent of these will be connected using on-grid, while 22 percent will be on off-grid energy solutions, such as solar, bio-gas, peat and other alternative sources of energy.
Mucyo stated this during an event to celebrate the comapany’s 10,000th customer in Rwanda in Nyanza District, said the firm targets to connect 50,000 in the next 12 months.
The company has outlets in 16 districts and plans to open 17 branches to establish presence in each of Rwanda’s 30 districts.
According to Mucyo, BBOXX has generated employment for more than 200 youth and women in the past two years and provided indirect employment for 300 people through its agency network.
Since 2010, BBOXX has provided off-grid electricity to more than 350,000 people in 35 countries around the world. The company makes and distributes solar systems worldwide.