The Rwandan government recently launched an ambitious goal to electrify the entire country by 2024 to bolster its economy and improve the health and incomes of its nearly 12 million residents, many of who live in remote rural areas, some hours from paved roads.
Running power lines from a national electric grid is not only costly but would only provide electricity to roughly half of the population. Instead, the Rwandan government is looking at smaller, community-based microgrids and small household systems that generate electricity on-site and distribute solar power to the end consumers.
Researchers at Colorado State University, in collaboration with the University of Rwanda and energy startup MeshPower, are helping the nation reach its electrification goals, through a large-scale project to design, build and install microgrids in rural villages.
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