The Rwanda Rural Electrification Challenge

The first Cleantech Open Innovation Challenge is now live on Skipso’s Open Innovation Lab!

According to the World Energy Outlook a quarter of the world population, approximately 1.6 billion people, has no access to electricity. Most of them live in rural and remote areas of developing countries. The IEA estimates that by 2030 approximately 1.4 billion people without electricity if we don’t make any dramatic changes in electrification.

The Rwanda Rural Electrification Challenge aims to address exactly this problem.  Swiss-based NGO Mabawa ( is looking to harness the power of open innovation to bring electricity to the rural village of Nyamyumba, Rwanda.

Nyamyumba's Primary School

Nyamyumba's Primary School

The challenge comprises two phases.

This first phase aims to generate high-level ideas for cost-efficient, reliable, standalone (off-grid) solutions which explore the use of multiple renewable energy sources. The winning solution/s will get a total cash award of $2,500.

The top 10 will be considered for Phase 2 of the challenge, which will aim to develop a detailed project to provide electricity to the school, refectory and health centre of the village.

The winner of Phase 2 will be considered for implementation in Nyamyumba, Rwanda.

You can see the full challenge requirements, join the challenge project room and submit your solutions on Skipso’s Innovation Lab section.

Join The Rwanda Rural Electrification Challenge

Join The Rwanda Rural Electrification Challenge