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Electrification of the rural areas of Burundi through the activation of two micro and two mini hydro power plants, Photovoltaic reinforcement, extension of rural grid, connection to the national grid and capacity building

The overall problem addressed by the project by ICU and ABER is Burundi rural energy poverty. The targeted barriers are: limited energy access (2%); limited national energy supply (31MW) compared to demand and hydropower generation potential (300MW); poor/out-of-order hydropower plants; limited management capacities; limited revenues for ABER, local public utility in charge of rural electrification; poor bankability of ABER’s business.
Places of intervention: Ryarusera, Kigwena, Butezi and
Nyabikere small-hydro power plants. Total beneficiaries: 45.615 inhabitants of the communities of intervention. Activities: damaged equipment replacement and hydropower plants reactivation at rated capacity of all plants, realization of 4km 400 VAC LV power-line and 1km extension of 30kV MV power-line in Kigwena, 160 250Wp photovoltaic panels installation in Nyabikere, ABER maintenance/management capacity development.

Project code: BUR11044

Project Type: Scale-up

Sector: Hybrid (hydro and solar)

Location of Implementation:

Ryarusera – Muranvya, Muramvya Region, Kigwena – Rumonge, Bururi Region, Butezi – Butezi, Ruyigi Province, and Nyabikere – Nyabikere, Karuzi Regio

Duration (months): 15

Organization: Istituto per la Cooperazione Universitaria Onlus – ICU (Institute for University Cooperation)

Type of Organization: NGO

Project Office: Viale Gioacchino Rossini 26, Rome

Country of lead applicant: Italy

Website: http://www.icu.it/it/

Status: ongoing