500 Nyagatare vulnerable families receive free solar power facilities

Published by Théophile Niyitegeka
On 7 April 2017 saa 04:49
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Rwanda Energy Group (REG) through its subsidiary company, Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) has connected 500 vulnerable families in Nyagatare district, Eastern province with solar power, under the auspices of MTN Rwanda, Bank of Kigali and Bralirwa.

During the handover of the facilities yesterday, Emmanuel Kamanzi, the Managing Director EDCL explained that vulnerable residents from all sectors of Nyagatare benefited from free solar power as part of their program to contribute to citizens’ welfare.

“Development can’t be attained without access to electricity. That is why the government wants to extend power to everyone to realize progress. Make a good use of availed solar power and use it to facilitate children to revise for better performance. We also plan to avail on-grid electricity because we have already installed electric cables,” he said.

The government targets to connect 70% of Rwandan households by 2018 where 48% will be using on-grid while 22% use off-grid solutions.

Ntabanganyimana Yobu, a beneficiary of solar power said he was hit hard living in darkness as he lacked money to access power and lauded the government for connecting his household.

The mayor of Nyagatare district, Mupenzi George, promised citizens that the government will continue availing development infrastructures including electricity, roads, health centers among others.

Solar power installations were availed by Ignite Power. The government has agreements with 24 companies distributing solar energy.

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Emmanuel Kamanzi, the Managing Director EDCL addressing beneficiaries yesterday.
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The mayor of Nyagatare district,Mupenzi George (R) and the representative of Ignite Power, Julius Mugisha talking to Nyagatare residents.
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Nyagatare resident switches the light during the inauguration solar power facilities.