Photovoltaic solar energy system sent to Rwanda

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BYD Co. shipped a photovoltaic solar energy system to Rwanda. The 8.58 MW plant is expected to increase Rwanda’s total electric power generation by at least 8 percent.

The project is part of a plan to increase Rwanda’s renewable energy capacity by 500 percent in the immediate future. Located about 35 miles from the Rwandan capital of Kigale, the plant will be built on land belonging to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV).

The plant is to be constructed by Norway’s Scatec Solar, with an expected completion mid-summer 2014. It is estimated that once complete, the plant will generate 16 million kWh of clean solar energy each year.

The Rwanda Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA) signed a 25-year purchase agreement for energy from the power plant. BYD is actively participating in the rapid development of the global PV market and has supplied Scatec Solar with modules since 2012 including a 75 MW project in Kalkbult, South Africa.

Being one of Africa’s strongest emerging markets, Rwanda is aiming to increase the country’s generation capacity so that more than 50 percent of the population will have access to electricity by 2017. This means increasing current capacity from 110 MW to 560 MW.

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