Given that the grid expansion will take time to reach all households, the energy sector strategic plan stipulates the use of off-grid solutions, including solar home systems and mini-grids as a viable alternative to grid connections.
Off-grid electricity access is now viewed internationally as an important tool in the drive to increase global electricity access. Off-grid incorporates mini-grids and solar home systems fitted to individual houses.
Rwanda Energy Group (REG) has developed a specific national electrification plan mapping all areas to be electrified and technologies to be used, either on-grid or off-grid. It is expected that 48% of all households will have their electricity needs met by off-grid solutions by 2024 while 52% remaining will be connected to the grid.
Full article: The New Times