Great Lakes - Rwanda, Burundi

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Solar Power, Hydro Power, Biogas, Improved Cooking Rwanda, Burundi

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Technologies solar systems hydro power biogas digesters improved cookstoves (ICS)
Partners Rwanda: Rwanda Energy Group (REG) – Energy Development Company Limited (EDCL) / Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA) / private sector

Burundi: local private sector

Implementers GIZ, Urwego Bank


Energy Situation

Nearly all rural households in Burundi use biomass for cooking (99%), for which firewood is the by far dominant source of energy. The resulting deforestation and indoor air pollution are still worsened by using inefficient cooking technologies. Apart from th euse of biomass, rural households' energy consumption is minimal, with electricity at just 0,3% and fossil fuels at 0,4%.

85% of Rwanda’s overall energy comes from biomass, 11% from petroleum products and 4% from hydro for electricity. The main consumers of biomass are households using it for cooking, whereas other energy sources are predominantly used for transport, electricity generation and industrial production. In 2016, only about 24% of the population had access to electricity. The country had about 190 MW installed generation capacity with hydro representing 51% of the electricity mix, thermal 28%, Methane 16% and Solar 5%.

For more information see Burundi and Rwanda on energypedia.


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