The new Rwanda Energy Group (REG) chief executive, Ron Weiss, has revealed that off-grid solutions forms part of his plans to deploy in order to achieve the 563MW target set for next year.
Speaking to local media the New Times, Weiss said he is well aware of the goals and is in the process of reviewing them before making recommendations on the next steps.
“I am familiar with the targets of this country. I am in the process of looking into the feasibility of the target so I can recommend to the minister what to do next,” he said.
It is reported that Weiss officially took office on Wednesday replacing Jean Bosco Mugiraneza.
The target has been set to have off-grid solutions contributing about 22% of all connections by 2018.
Media highlighted that currently, REG has a generation capacity of 208MW, less than half of the 2018 target while the connection rate is currently about 32%.
“I think one of the most important things is to increase off-grid solutions. This will increase the process of making power accessible,” he said.
Currently off-grid connections constitute 4%, media reported.
This will however require setting the sub-sector up in a way that makes it more attractive to investors.
“RURA has to work on the tariffs for the companies. There will be many investors coming who want to deliver off-grid solutions. They need the correct tariffs for them to connect the population,” he added.
Weiss also noted that it is also important to have conversations on what will happen when the grid arrives in areas using off-grid, media stated.
He maintained that this move is important in boosting investor confidence.
“These are areas that should be discussed so that investors will know the profitability of the venture. This will give them confidence to come and invest in off-grid solutions,” he said.