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Accelerating Access to Electricity in Africa with Off-grid Solar: Off-grid Solar Country Briefing: Rwanda


Overseas Development Institute


1 January 2016

This country briefing is one of 13 prepared as part of a background study for the Energy Africa campaign launched by the Department for International Development. The authors conclude there is “support from the Government of Rwanda and international donors for the off-grid solar sector. There is a good enabling environment for private entities and supportive fiscal measures, such as the removal of kerosene subsidies and import tariffs. However, improved stakeholder coordination and greater awareness of a broad range of off grid solutions is needed to ensure that interventions do not unintentionally limit the business models needed to address energy poverty. A significant injection of capital and extensive capacity building will also be critical for accelerating the market at the rate needed to reach 22% of the population by 2018.”