Uganda Opens First Grid Connected Solar Plant

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The project was developed under the Global Energy Transfer Feed in Tariff GET FiT, a support scheme for renewable energy projects managed by Germanys KfW Development Bank in partnership with the Electricity Regulatory Agency ERA.

Residents of Soroti in eastern Uganda can now enjoy more affordable and stable power supply following the commissioning of a new 10 megawatt solar plant this afternoon.

The USD 19 million (67 billion Shillings) facility located in Opuyo parish, is the country's first grid-connected solar plant. It is expected to generate clean, low-carbon, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes, schools and businesses in the area.

Located on a 33 acre plot of land in Soroti District, the power plant has the potential to increase its net output capacity by a further 20 megawatt of solar energy.

The project was developed under the Global Energy Transfer Feed in Tariff ("GET FiT"), a support scheme for renewable energy projects managed by Germany's KfW Development Bank in partnership with the Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA).

State Minister for Energy Simon Dujang who inaugurated the project says that the solar plant would help stop further environmental degradation and grant citizens efficient and reliable energy. He says Uganda has vast potential for solar which will be harnessed.

The European Union Head of Delegation to Uganda Kristian Schmidt said in his speech that Uganda is a good place to invest in solar energy as the regulatory framework is conducive and Government rightly recognizes Uganda's energy future must be renewable.

"It is great that this is now triggering private sector interest in solar power generation. The European Union is proud that our grant contribution ensures the realization of the Soroti Solar Plant, and I hope this is only just the beginning for many more to come." he says

Reda El Chaar, Executive Chairman, Access Power declared, says the project in Soroti raises the bar on what can be achieved through teamwork and we look forward to more collaborative efforts to expand the footprint of clean energy across this mighty continent."

Jennie Barugh, Head DFID Uganda says as an outward-looking nation, the UK fully supports Uganda in its effort to become a middle income country, with bilateral support of £110m (492 billion Shillings) this year adding that power is an important enabler of development.


 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.