We would like to inform you that, after much consideration, the judging panel have made their decision and identified the winning solutions to the Rwanda Rural Electrification Challlenge. The excellent quality of these solutions has made selecting a winner a particularly challenging task. However, we are pleased to announce that, on the basis of clarity of idea, technical and financial feasibility, local involvement and scalability, the top 3 solutions chosen by Mabawa were those submitted by:
- Emilio Simonet ($1,500 cash award)
- Christophe Parot ($500 cash award)
- Francis Hillman ($500 cash award)
These solutions were not just innovative in terms of the ideas and technology they described, but managed to reconcile scalability with financial feasibility (all were under $25 000).
In addition, a further 5 solutions have been shortlisted for a potential Phase 2 of the project:
- Francois D’Assise Nezerwa
- Eric Youngren
- Bernardin Vsanase
- Douglas Danley
- Bridget Wandelt
It should be mentioned that Mabawa is currently trying to secure funding for onsite-implementation. Should it succeed in this task, it may decide to invite all shortlisted participants to submit a more detailed solution based on Nyamyumba’s specific energy requirements.
We would like to thank all of those who have participated to this challenge and we look forward to seeing you again on Skipso soon!