Rwanda Welcomes new Off-grid Energy for Irrigation scheme

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) has welcomed the new off-grid energy that will soon be installed at an irrigation scheme in Kirehe District in the Eastern Province.

The battery-powered 2.68 MW lithium storage system will power water pumps and facilitate a mega irrigation project in the district, The New Times reports.

The irrigation project targets over 1,200 hectares of land in the area and it is envisaged to give a major boost to the country’s quest to ensure food security.

The support is aimed at transforming the sector’s productivity from subsistence to commercial farming through irrigation systems and skills development, among others.

This was confirmed by Innocent Nzeyimana, the head of irrigation, mechanization and land husbandry department at Rwanda Agriculture Board.

Nzeyimana said works to install the energy facility are underway and expected to be complete by September, adding that once this is operational, the off-grid energy will help in the irrigation project, boost yields, reduce the cost of production among other positive effects.

“The project uses off grid energy and this is a kind of hybrid system that is supplemented by the off grid, it is a very important project not only in agriculture but also in energy sector, renewable energy is new in Rwanda and something we encourage,” he said.

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