ASYV, Rwanda, 8.5 MW


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The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) plant in Rwanda is developed in partnership with Gigawatt Global, and is the first large-scale solar plant to be constructed in Eastern Africa. The plant represents almost 10 percent of the total capacity for electricity generation in Rwanda.

Project key figures

  • 8.5 MW
  • 7,7 MW nominal
  • 17 ha
  • Single-axis trackers
  • BYD polycrystalline
  • SMA
  • Step up to 15 kV Voltage included in SMA MV Power Stations
  • 1,830 kWh/ kWp
  • 15,500 MWh per annum

Ownership and PPA

PPA with EWSA for a period of 25 years

Project owners:

Scatec Solar ASA (Norway)

Norfund (Norway)

GWG Cooperatief U.A (The Netherlands)

Project development

The developer Gigawatt Global signed a PPA with EWSA in July 2013, and then entered a partnership with Scatec Solar and Norfund for the realization of the project. Financial close was in February 2014.

Project Execution

Scatec Solar took the leading role for all EPC activities during the construction phase. The solar power plant was grid-connected in the third quarter 2014.

Operation and maintenance

SSO is responsible for all O&M services: monitor the plant via SCADA system, corrective and preventive maintenance measures, reporting to utility, SPV and owners.

Generation and provision of electricity to all Rwandans is important for the Government of Rwanda, and the initiative to produce 8.5 megawatts is a good addition towards closing the current energy gap

The Rwanda Minister of State in Charge of Energy and Water, Eng. Emma Francoise Isumbingabo

Project highlights

First in Eastern Africa

  • First large-scale solar plant to be constructed in Eastern Africa
  • Stands for almost 10% of the total generation capacity in Rwanda

Targets exceeded           

  • Completed in record-time: The plant was operational ~ 1 year after signing of the PPA, which is extremely fast for an energy project in Africa

Excellent performance

  • 50,000 work hours, zero accidents
  • Local employment of all unskilled labour
  • More than 350 workers

Socially responsible          

  • CO2 reduction of 8,000 tons per annum
  • Created 300 direct jobs (during construction)
  • Located on land belonging to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), a residential and educational community for youth orphaned during and after the genocide in 1994. Land lease revenues support the funding of the Youth village. 

Project timeline

  • Jul 2013

    Power Purchase Agreement

  • Jun 2014

    Start of Construction

  • Jul 2014

    Start of Operation