To date, 55% Rwandan households have access to electricity, connected to the national grid (40%) or through off-grid systems (15%). As the target is 100% access to electricity, a national electrification plan has been elaborated to ensure that this target is reached in 7 years (by 2024).
As the Government of Rwanda is promoting alternative sources of electricity such as solar home systems, a parallel policy has been approved to encourage people to make productive use of the power on the national grid, in order to bridge the demand-supply imbalance, while making economic sense of future energy investments. In 5 years (by 2022), 100% productive users will be connected.
The national Policy’s approach on access to Electricity is that 52% of national population will be connected through grid extension while 48% will be connected through Off-grid. Currently off-grid connection is at 15%.