Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Electricity Rwanda (RECO)

Our search for electricity in Africa has taken us to Rwanda. The operator in this environment is the Rwanda Electricity Corporation (RECO).
Through July 2009, the available power being produce is about 70 MW. This amount is meeting the needs of just over 6% of the total population of the country. There is some Load shedding, and it looks like it would continue for some time to come.

There are plans to increase production, with the African Development Bank, The Belgium Government, the European Union, OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), The Saudi Fund for Development, The Arab Bank for Economic Development, in Africa (BADEA), Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (to name a few) participating in the development projects slated for the next 3 years.

One is tempted to blast those in power for not doing enough, but we should not forget that this is the same country that had tribal genocide, and the UN soldiers, and the rest of Africa did nothing but stood and watch.

Considering where they were and the peace they have now, I can only say keep up the good work.

Hopefully on our next visit, the number would be double what it is now.

The cheetahs seem to outnumber the hippos in this environment at this time.


gs01han said...

for private company wanted to bring and develop renewable energy in rwanda who do we talk to?

Electricity Africa said...

Sorry about the delay for responding to your inquiry.

Unlike the United States where private companies owned the Electric Company; in just about all of Africa, the National Governments owned the Electric Business.
You should contact the Rwandan Embassy in the country where you live, or the embassy nearest your home, and they would help.