Government Targets 44% Renewable Energy Use By 2017

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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.

Government of Uganda has set a target of getting 44 percent of households gain access to renewable sources of energy by 2017.
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.


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In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

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