Consultants sought to promote Rwanda micro-hydro development

The government of Rwanda invites expressions of interest from consultants in two solicitations to promote development of micro-hydropower in Rwanda. Responses are due June 16 and 24.

The government has received financing from the World Bank's Global Environment Facility to promote sustainable energy including small hydropower. A consultant to the World Bank recruited consultants in April to assess the potential commercial market for off-grid pico- and micro-hydropower plants of less than 50 kW in Rwanda.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, represented by the Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA), now seeks consultants in two solicitations for micro-hydro promotion.

EWSA seeks expressions of interest by June 16 from consultants to support the ministry in development of micro-hydropower sites in Rwanda, with a strong focus on increasing private-sector participation in micro-hydro.

In a second solicitation, EWSA seeks expressions of interest by June 24 from consultants to review existing regulations and guidelines for the purpose of recommending improvements or new guidelines and regulations that would stimulate micro-hydropower development in Rwanda. The consultant is to determine optimum regulatory conditions to promote further private investments for developing new micro-hydro plants and to govern transfer of existing publicly owned micro-hydro plants to the private sector.

For information, contact Energy, Water and Sanitation Authority (EWSA), Procurement Specialist, Electricity Access Roll-out Program, BIREMBO Substation, P.O.B. 537, Kigali, Rwanda; (250) 252573666; Fax: (250) 252573802; E-mail:, Internet:

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