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The Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) has planned to develop solar PV and hydro mini-grids ranging in size from 10 kW to 1 MW. The bank is looking for consultants to prepare the 3rd bidding round of the $48.9 million Renewable Energy Fund (REF), aimed at deploying solar PV and hydro mini-grids across the country.
The Rwandan authorities have planned these hybrid mini-grids coupled to battery storage through the new tender, with most of the projects expected to have a maximum capacity of around 100 kW.
According to the tender document, the objective of the consultancy services is to provide expert technical and engineering services to the bank for appraisal of pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, loan applications submitted to the bank by developers seeking the facility of REF financing for the new mini-grid investment projects.
The consultants are also required to supervise the implementation of mini-grid projects financed by BRD and other technical assistance for strengthening the renewable sector of the country. Interested consultants have to submit their applications by December 30. Selected consultants are subjected to evaluate project proposals’ efficacy, veracity, and viability, through document reviews and site visits.
Currently, the total power generation capacity of Rwanda reaches around 259 MW and the rate of electricity access in the country is 67.1%, as of October 2021. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Rwanda has a total installed capacity of around 31 MW of solar power at the end of 2020. No new solar plant facility was deployed in the sub-Saharan country over the past few years.