The micro-hydropower plant of Rukarara II located in Nyamagabe district will from now on add 2.2 MW to the national grid, after its official inauguration on Thursday.
The plant was constructed at a cost of €9.7 million (nearly Frw 9 billion) funded by the governments of Rwanda and Belgium, and the European Union. Rukarara II is built at the confluence of the rivers Rubyiro and Rukarara for optimal water flow.
Infrastructure Minister Silas Lwakabamba said that electricity is an engine for social and economic development. He also thanked the Belgium and the European Union for their contribution in the construction of the power plant and for participating in other projects in the energy sector.
Rwanda has invested heavily in the development of various energy sources, including hydropower, solar, geothermal, methane gas and peat to achieve self-reliance in energy production.