African power company Ngali Energy has announced its plan to build a 2 MW small hydro plant in Rwanda’s Nyaruguru District.
The US$11 million project will be called Ntaruka and is expected to be complete in 2018.
The project is intended to increase the region’s access to energy with only 20% of all households currently having electrical connections.
Officials from Rwanda’s Southern Province said Ntaruka and other projects like it will help spur the area’s economy. The province has a goal of increasing its total generating capacity to more than 560 MW over the next two years.
Ngali Energy is currently working to develop several other Rwandan projects as well, including the 2.6-MW Base One, 2.6-MW Base Two and 2.4-MW Ngororero plants.
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