Rwanda Sets Feed-in Tariffs for Hydro

The central African country of Rwanda has joined neighboring Uganda, and Kenya in introducing feed-in tariffs.

The Renewable Energy Feed-in law by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency in Kigali 9 February, 2012.

The Rwanda tariffs apply own to small hydro and to only a limited amount of capacity, 50 MW.

Contract terms are only three years, but the law specifies that the tariffs cannot be reduced.

The tariffs will be reviewed in the second year of the program to be implemented in the third year.

Image: 21thDesign via Shutterstock

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Paul Gipe  is an author, advocate, and analyst of the renewable energy industry. He has written extensively about the subject for the past four decades, receiving numerous  awards  for his efforts. Gipe has lectured before groups from Patagonia to Puglia, from Tasmania to Toronto, and from Halifax to Husum. He has spoken to audiences as large as 10,000 and as small as a private presentation for Vice President Al Gore. Gipe is well known for his frank appraisal of the promise and pitfalls of wind energy, including his stinging critiques of Internet wonders and the hustlers and charlatans who promote them. He led the campaign to adapt electricity  feed laws  to the North American market—the same policy that has stirred a renewable energy revolution in Germany. His most recent book,  Wind Energy for the Rest of Us , introduces Germany’s electricity rebels to a North American audience for the first time. The book, Gipe’s seventh on wind energy, debunks novel wind turbines, rebukes revisionist historians, and argues that renewable energy is too important to be left to electric utilities.

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