The first phase of an on-site solar system has been installed at the Genocide Memorial in Rwanda’s capital city, Kigali.
Project developer Centennial Generating Co said the solar system will meet the majority of the facility’s power needs during the day.
A second phase of the project is planned to include battery storage aimed at reducing the Memorial’s reliance on standby diesel generation.
Centennial said the project was installed at no up-front cost to the Memorial.
Honore Gatera, manager of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, said: ‘Instead of requiring up-front capital, Centennial is selling us the electricity generated by the solar system at a discount compared to our current power costs.
‘This will allow us to dedicate more funds to our remembrance and peace education programmes.’
The Memorial was established by international genocide prevention group Aegis Trust in 2004 at the request of Rwanda’s government. It is the most visited tourist site in the country.
David John Frenkil, Centennial’s founder and managing director, said his firm is ‘deploying on-site distributed power systems for customers like Aegis Trust because African markets can’t rely alone on centralized power plants with four-to-five year development horizons.’
Centennial said the solar installation will host training programmes in operation and maintenance in collaboration with non-profit group Women for Women International.