Rwanda to seek sustainable energy work, including micro-hydro

The government of Rwanda plans to seek bids to carry out a sustainable energy development project with several components including a micro-hydropower program.

The government has applied for US$4.5 million in financing from the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility and US$3.8 million from the ESMAP CEIF trust fund.

The project is to include five main components: policy, strategy, and management; biomass; micro-hydro; solar energy; and energy efficiency.

The micro-hydro component includes private-sector-led micro-hydro expansion; sustainable micro-hydro; and a micro-hydro help desk. Services under that component include a study to develop regulations for micro-hydro development, including standard agreements for bulk purchase and feed-in tariffs. Also included would be advisory services for post-construction management, including sustainable micro-hydro based on public-private partnerships.

The government said specific procurement notices will be issued as they become available. For information, contact Sustainable Energy Development Project, SEDP Focal Point in the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), P.O. Box 7207, Kigali, Rwanda; E-mail: mbanzabigwi@gmail.com.

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