The Government of Rwanda has recently concluded an agreement with the Dutch company Nots Solar Lamps, a supplier of electricity using an African-made "Mutimax" solar system, to build a local factory for the assembly of solar systems. The company will inject more than 64.5 million euros, (close to 60.6 billion Rwandan francs), into the project.
In Rwanda, certain habits have become the norm due to the intermittent operation of the electricity grid. People are therefore accustomed to lighting their homes with oil lamps, cooking on charcoal, using diesel generators for irrigation systems or queuing at public kiosks to recharge their mobile phones. This has a negative impact on the protection of the environment and the health of the population.
To improve access to electricity in the country, the Rwandan government recently concluded an agreement with Bart Hartman, founder and CEO of Nots Solar Lamps, a Dutch company specialising in providing electricity through a solar home system.
Mutimax (“MSS”) made in Africa. The partnership includes the construction of a local plant for the assembly of solar systems. “The goal of Nots Solar Lamps is to help remedy the situation in Rwanda. As a first step, we will sell simple solar lamps in stores,” says Bart Hartman, founder and CEO of Nots Solar Lamps.
A project worth more than €64.5 million
The project to build the local factory for assembling solar systems in Rwanda will cost Nots Solar Lamps more than 64.5 million euros, the equivalent of about 60.6 billion Rwandan francs. The installation will eventually provide electricity to half of all Rwandan households.
Nots Solar Lamps also plans to roll out its business model, notably the Rwandan brand “Mutimax”, over a large part of Africa.