Virunga Energies provides clean, reliable, and affordable electricity to local communities living in and around Virunga National Park through its run-of-river hydropower plants.
To promote socio-economic development in the region, Virunga Energies plans to supply hydroelectric power to nine towns in North Kivu, home to approximately 3.8 million people. Virunga Energies is a fully integrated company that builds its own power plants and networks, and transmits, distributes, and markets electricity to end consumers.
To carry out its mission, Virunga Energies intends to produce up to 100 MW by 2040. Virunga Energies already has a production capacity of ~30MW and and a new 13 MW hydroelectric powerplant is currently under construction.
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villages and towns as well as the city of Goma
Virunga Energies has built, and operates, 3 hydroelectric power stations: Mutwanga, 1.4 MW, Matebe 13.1 MW and Luviro 14.6 MW.
Another hydroelectric plant is under construction in Rwanguba not far from Matebe. The total power expected is 26 MW (13 MW for the first phase). Preliminary work has already started and will gradually intensify.
Transmission and Distribution
For the distribution of electricity from its power plants, Virunga Energies has built medium and low voltage lines in Rutshuru, Goma, and Lubero. Virunga Energies is continually developing its electricity network to supply new areas and thus meet the high electricity demand.
Virunga Energies sells electricity directly to end consumers via prepayment meters. Sales agents are responsible for finding new customers and supporting them throughout the connection process.
By the end of 2021, Virunga Energies had supplied electricity to 22,000 customers.
Virunga Energies has qualified, young and dynamic staff to carry out its mission. Agents are assigned across various sites of the company in Goma, Beni, and Lubero.