This is my last “Rwanda energy” blog for the time being – back to work in Brussels tomorrow. I could have written about other things I saw – a biodiesel plant east of Kigali, a murky lake that I was told was for dammed hydropower – but wasn’t convinced…
I would have liked to learn more about the efficient biomass stoves that some families are buying – with health benefits as well as lower wood consumption.
Most depressing thing: I was surprised that in such a tightly run country – in which police speed checks are really for speed, not for bribes, and in which the plastic bag ban seems universally respected – there were so many badly adjusted diesel engines in buses and lorries.
Most interesting thing: the sight of people selling PV systems in an up-country market (https://wordpress.com/post/paulhhodson.wordpress.com/1976 ). I heard that in Kenya, in households that get a single solar light, children do two hours more homework. Here, it’s a whole home lighting system. It’s not the whole answer – we need to solve transport energy for that – but it’s an inspiring start.
(The EU made a contribution of which I’m proud – by stimulating demand for solar PV, our renewable energy legislation helped sharply drive down the price.)