A new Energy Solar Sub- Project launched at Kibihekane TVET School

On this 15th May 2019, the Vice chancellor of Rwanda Polytechnic Dr. James Gashumba and the Head of International Projects (CSC Koblenz) Dr. Evelina PARANOVApay a courtesy visit of a new Solar Energy Sub- Project at Kibihekane TVET School located in Nyabihu district.

The aim of the visit was to show the importance of TVET in new technologies as Solar Energy for Rwanda.

The Vice Chancellor of Rwanda Polytechnic, Dr. James Gashumba gave heart thanks to the Chamber of Skilled Crafts (CSC) Koblenz for the support of training the Trainers (ToT) in whichMaster Trainer Peter KUPETZ of CSC Koblenz currently trains 14 TVET trainers from 13 different Rwandan TVET schools and   said that the project will make each rural home get easily solar energy.

“We thank the Chamber of Skilled Crafts (CSC) Koblenz for supporting Rwanda in training our people and this gives hope that each home especially in rural areas will get easily solar energy” Dr. James Gashumba said.

 The Head of International Project (CSC) Koblenz Dr. Evelina PARANOVAsaid that they try to build the capacity of Rwandan people in energy Solar in order to support the Government of Rwanda in its target of 100% access to electricity in only 7 years by 2024.

The project will focus on Training of the Trainers (TOTs) and the preparation and implementation of course in solar energy on REQF level 3 .  It will also develop training and teaching material and assessment packages for the 1-year one short training course. The equipment provided by the sub-project is flexible and can be used in different TVET schools. A concept for the use of this equipment in different TVET schools will jointly be developed by RP and CSC Koblenz.

The solar energy sub-project bases on the initiative, which was implemented by Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and CSC Koblenz in 2012 and 2013 at VTC Kibihekane. By that time, several TOTs in solar heating, photovoltaics and water treatment have been conducted. 

The Government of Rwanda envisions transitioning from a developing country to a middle-income country. To achieve this goal, the government is targeting 100% electricity access by 2024. Rwanda is endowed with natural energy resources including hydro, solar, and methane gas. It currently only has 218 MW of installed generation capacity. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA). To date, 51% Rwandan households have access to electricity, connected to the national grid (37%) or through off-grid systems (14%).