It was constructed as part a project by the Rwandan government to increase electrical capacity fivefold by 2017, and the plant will increase Rwanda’s current generation capacity by 8 percent. Rwanda’s current generation capacity sits at 110 MW as of 2013, and thus will be raised to 560 MW in three years. This is part of a goal to allow 50% of the Rwandan population access to electricity.
The plant will provide 16 million kWh to the Rwandan national power grid, according to a quarter century PPA with the Rwandan Energy, Water, and Sanitation Authority.
The projects capital was provided by the Dutch Development Bank FMO, the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, and Norfund. As noted by FMO’s CIO, Linda Broekhuizen, “In terms of fast execution this project is remarkable, as we rarely see energy projects coming into the construction phase so fast.”