State Minister for Minerals, Peter Lokeris says the country is reaping from efforts by the World Bank, and support given to organisations and companies supporting renewal energy.
Speaking at the opening of this year's energy week in Kampala, the state minister for minerals, Peter Lokeris, said renewable energy especially solar has the potential of moving most Ugandans away from using non-renewable and hazardous energy sources.
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To achieve this, government has partnered with development partners, local organizations and businesses to increase the penetration of solar and other renewable energy sources countrywide. Government has started providing support to actors along the value chain including removal of tax on solar equipment.
The minister says the volume of affordable and high quality renewable energy products have increased and access is improving.
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Solomon Chimu, the Chief Executive Officer of Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking, says Uganda still has great potential for renewable energy.
Statistics by the World Bank indicate that electricity distribution in Uganda is at 12 percent in urban areas and three percent in rural areas.