Rwanda embraces smart grid technology

Government has adopted digital technologies in the power distribution system as it increasingly looks for ways of how to efficiently respond to the country’s power demands, the Minister of State for Energy, Water and Sanitation said on Tuesday.

Germaine Kamayirese said that Rwanda has started embracing smart grid technology in the energy sector – an electricity supply network that uses digital communication technology to detect and react to local changes in usage.

Despite this pace of adoption of technologies in energy sector, the country’s energy sector continues to face several challenges as many people still don’t have access.

More than 50 per cent of the population have no access to electricity, but the country has an ambitious target to achieve 100 per cent coverage by 2024.

Even those that are connected to the grid, often times they face power outages due to the fact that utility companies run systems that sometimes don’t have the ability to detect how power is efficiently distributed. Power lost through the distribution lines in Rwanda is estimated to be well below 20 per cent.

Full article: The New Times



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