By: Micheal Kazooba (Project Officer)
Project code: UGA11085
Sector: Solar PV
Location of Implementation: Kitobo Island, Uganda
Organization: Absolute Energy Servizi S.r.l.
Project Office: via Antonio Bertoloni 41, Roma, Italy
Kitobo Island is one of the 84 islands in Lake Victoria in Uganda, East Africa.
Uganda is looking keenly at promoting the use of solar as it seeks to deepen rural electrification. While much of the attention has been placed on the huge hydropower projects that Uganda is undertaking, so much activity appears to be happening in the solar power segment.
Solar power is not new in Uganda; a number of households with no access to the electricity grid have resorted to installing solar panels on top of their houses for lighting.
Now, there is a new energy trend sweeping across Uganda – solar photovoltaic (PV) projects that have attracted numerous investors into the country, and huge paycheques from European financial institutions.
The spread of solar power projects has strongly emerged after the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) decided to include solar power as part of Uganda’s energy mix in order to promote different forms of renewable energies.