With support of our partner Bfz, Energy Private Developers Association "EPD attended the Water, Electricity and Power Exhibition (WEPEX) held February 2nd 4th in Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi Kenya. This was a very big opportunity for EPD to show the available opportunities for energy business in Rwanda, to attract potential investors in energy sector in Rwanda, to learn how to organize a similar technological energy exhibition in Rwanda
Energy opportunity in Rwanda
As Rwanda’s economy continues to surge forward, demand for energy to drive it continues to grow rapidly.
Power generation is set to grow to over 563 Mw by 2017 a projected growth of nearly 500%.
The Government of Rwanda demonstrates commitment to partnering with investors in delivering this potential by offering generous incentives and guarantees, both through PPP and IPP structures.
This is creating unrivalled opportunities for investment in electricity generation including alternative energy sources such as Methane, Hydro, Geothermal, Peat and Solar.
Energy Sector in Rwanda
· Rwanda’s primary energy source is biomass which accounts for 86.3%. Other sources are hydropower which accounts for 61.23% , diesel (fossil fuel) 30.80%, methane gas 2.32% and solar 5.63%.
· Total installed generation capacity is 160MW, which provides 22.5% connectivity rate.
· Power generation is set to grow from 160MW currently produced to 563MW by 2017- a projected growth of nearly 400%.
· Biomass (wood energy) to drop from 86.3% to 50% by 2020; Access to electricity to expand to 70% by 2017; Public institutions to be connected 100% by 2017.
· The Government of Rwanda is committed to partnering with investors in delivering this potential by offering generous incentives and guarantees, both through Public Private Partnership (PPP) and Independent Power Producer (IPP) structures.
· Diversification of Energy Sources by developing domestic sources of energy and phasing out fossil-fuel generation.
Support and attract private investment in power generation through Independent Power Producers (IPP’s) and Private Public Partnerships (PPP’s) structures, underpinned with minimum 25 years concession and Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).
· Targeting 90% electricity from renewable sources.
Incentives to energy projects :
INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN RWANDA
Target: from 160 MW to 563 MW by 2017
The above target is in line with Rwanda’s 7 Year electricity development plan (2011-2017) that aims at tapping into the following domestic sources of energy:
Methane Gas; Hydro-power; Peat to Power; Geothermal energy; Solar Energy; Biomass; Waste-to-energy
Energy Private Developers is a legal professional association regrouping all private companies operating
in energy sector in Rwanda. Its constitution and articles have been
published in official gazette of Rwanda (Official Gazette No 41 of 13/10/2014).
EPD is one of the associations composing the Chamber of industry under the
umbrella of the Private Sector Federation (PSF) of Rwanda.
The Energy Private Developers association focuses on advocacy of
its members, encouraging good collaboration and partnership among members and
attracting foreign companies and investors to work with local companies.
1. To become a forum of partnership and development in energy cluster in Rwanda,
2. Advocacy of private entities operating in energy cluster by harmonizing collaboration among themselves and public/private institutions.
3. Sharing experiences and good practices
4. Enhance national & international cooperation in order to acquire advanced knowledge, new technologies and new partnership with foreign companies and investors to develop energy cluster in Rwanda,
5. Perform any other activity related to energy cluster non-prohibited by the law of Republic of Rwanda.