Rusizi III Hydropower Project
The Rusizi III Hydropower project was developed under the Economic Community of Great Lakes Countries (CEPGL) umbrella for Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The hydropower plant will generate 147MW and the power output will be shared among the three partner states, with Rwanda getting 47MW and the remainder being shared between Burundi and the DRC.
Source of funds
Jean Damasecene Harerimana
Hydropower Development Specialist
The government of Rwanda planned to electrify all households at 100% by 2024. This target is mainly focusing on favouring renewable energy, which helps in climate change mitigation. It is in this respect, the Rusizi III project, will contribute to the target as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Rusizi III project will contribute to climate action through grid-connected hydropower generation. The main target in Rwanda’s NDC climate action plan is to develop 56.75 MW of large hydro capacity (capacity> 5 MW), 24.5 MW small and mini-hydro projects (capacity <5MW), and 75 MW of regional projects by 2030. The Rusizi III project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel power generation (e.g. peat, diesel oil).
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