Rwanda - Scaling Up Energy Access Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Jun 2013
Signature Date 05 Aug 2013
Planned Completion Date 30 Oct 2020
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Apr 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 27,342,093.68
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed Scaling-Up Energy Access project covers the Northern and Western provinces of Rwanda. The project will: (i) upgrade and rehabilitate two existing substations in Northern Province, the Gifurwe substation to 10MVA capacity and the Rulindo substation (also to be relocated) to 20MVA capacity; (ii) build about 464 km of medium voltage (MV) and 710 km of low-voltage (LV) distribution networks in both provinces; and (iii) connect 25,438 households and priority institutions (179 schools, 29 health centers and 25 sector administration offices) to the grid along the constructed distribution network areas. Construction is expected to be implemented over a period of 24 months after contract effectiveness and to be completed by August 2017. The project’s cost is estimated at UA 29.961 million. Its beneficiaries are mainly rural Rwandans, who will gain access to cheaper, reliable and sustainable electricity and related improved services.

Project Objectives

The overarching goal of the proposed project is to support the long-term and short-term development strategy and program of the government of Rwanda (GoR). The expected outcomes are (i) improved access to electricity for households and priority public institutions in the proposed project area and (ii) sustained reliable electricity supply. The project will support scaling up “inclusive and green” connections through the free distribution and installation of “ready-boards,” which come with two sockets and one lamp holder, targeting the most vulnerable households (around 10% of the total number of households), and the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) bulbs by each newly connected household. The project will ultimately improve the well-being, living conditions, and diversification of income-generating activities of the population and contribute to promoting sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty in Rwanda.


The key project beneficiaries will be an estimated 25,438 rural households living in both Northern Province (Rulindo and Gicumbi districts) and Western Province (Ngororero, Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Nyabihu and Karongi districts), representing around 127,000 people.2 In addition, public infrastructure will be significantly improved, as the project will provide access to modern, reliable energy to 179 schools, 29 health centers, and 25 sector administration offices. Finally, markets, business centers, and other major consumers will be given priority in the routing as per the program design. It is therefore expected that smallscale businesses and the few large commercial and industrial clients located in the area will benefit from the program.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Rwanda


IATI identifier 46002-P-RW-FA0-006
Last Update 05 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name KABUNGO Arkins Mwila

Geographic Location

Country Rwanda
Coordinates Location Name
-1.61647 30.121 Gicumbi District
-2.1296 29.3617 Karongi District
-1.87822 29.569 Ngororero District
-1.65275 29.5068 Nyabihu District
-2.36154 29.1479 Nyamasheke District
-1.73828 29.9979 Rulindo District
-2.57016 29.0754 Rusizi District
-1.721 29.9236 Rulindo
-1.5572 29.8351 Gifurwe