In a move to improve power reliability in the country, the Rwanda Energy Group (REG) has introduced a new innovative technology to measure interruption of electricity supply per customer, PANA learnt Friday from official sources.
The sources said the newly-introduced reliability indicator, otherwise known as System average interruption duration index (SAIDI), will also serve to measure the average power supply over a given period in the distribution system with a view to improving incentives for investment in electricity transmission infrastructure in the country.
As part of the national efforts to improve energy efficiency, the Rwandan Government has set a target to connect 70 per cent of households by the end of 2018.
In addition, the Central African country has set an ambitious program to raise the generation capacity from the current 213 megawatts to 563 megawatts by 2024.
Firewood remains the main source of energy in the country, particularly in rural areas, with about 93 per cent of the population of this small Central African country heavily depending on this resource.
Official statistics show that at least 80 per cent of the electricity generated in Rwanda, mainly by hydroelectric dams, are distributed in the city of Kigali and its vicinity, where only five per cent of the Rwandan population live.
Rwandan authorities seek to promote public-private efforts by financing incentives to invest in grid-extension projects and off-grid systems in order to provide reliable electricity service to rural communities where the electricity access rate is estimate at 41% among the general population, estimated at about 12 million.