Report Examines Sustainable Minigrids for Rwandan Refugee Camps

Investment in clean energy solutions — in particular minigrids — offers the potential to reduce the costs and environmental impact of humanitarian operations, according to a briefing note on Rwanda published by Imperial College London, UK. Fossil fueled systems often power humanitarian assistance work. Philip Sandwell and Javier Baranda … [Read more...]

Partners in Colorado and Rwanda Join Forces to Realize Rural Electrification

Researchers at the University of Rwanda and Colorado State University's (CSU) Energy Institute have joined forces to create microgrids that will provide energy access to rural, off-grid communities in Rwanda and across Sub-Saharan Africa. Rwanda's government estimates that only 20 percent of the population has access to reliable, safe … [Read more...]

Electrifying Rwanda: An Evening Stop at the Local Mini Grid for a Cold Beer

Rwanda journalist Nsamaza Steven offers an insider's view of how local mini grids or ‘Ekocenters’ are changing rural villages that lack connection to a central electric grid. Ndego, Eastern Rwanda: As the evening closes after sunset, ushering in the darkness over the skies of kabusunzu, a village located in Eastern Rwanda, Safari Africa closes … [Read more...]