Training workers to install solar panels at health clinics in RwandaTwo decades after devastating genocide, Rwanda’s economy is growing at 7 percent annually, and the country’s climate action plan commits to building renewables capacity to avoid expansion of fossil fuels. A recent 100-megawatt solar project with panels that track the sun was built in a year, creating 350 jobs during construction. The project increased Rwanda’s total electricity generation by 6 percent. Rwandan solar company Ignite Power aims to invest in off-grid systems to reach 250,000 homes. Franco Mulanda, a farmer in northern Rwanda, says he realizes about a 40 percent cost savings from using solar on his farm. “I can use the money I save for school tuition for my two children,” he says. “Solar is affordable.”

– via Thomson Reuters Foundation

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