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Uganda: Soroti

  • Solar
  • US $19m
  • 10MW
  • In Operation

About the Project

The 10MW facility in Soroti is the country's first grid-connected solar plant and East Africa's largest solar IPP. The project will generate clean, low-carbon, sustainable electricity to 40,000 homes, schools and businesses in the area.

The $19 million project was developed by Access Power and EREN RE under "GET FiT", a dedicated support scheme for renewable energy projects managed by Germany's KfW Development Bank in partnership with Uganda's Electricity Regulatory Agency (ERA). The plant is funded in part through an 8.7 million euros grant by the Governments of Norway, Germany, the United Kingdom and the European Union. The project is financed by a mix of debt and equity with the senior debt facility being provided by FMO (the Netherlands Development Bank) and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF).

Located on a 33-acre plot in Soroti District, the power plant has the potential to increase its net output capacity by a further 20MW of solar energy. At peak construction, the plant had over 120 local workers involved, including engineers recruited and trained by Access Power and EREN RE.

Energy overview : Uganda

Uganda meets more than 93% of its energy demand with biomass, 6% with fossil fuel combustion and only 1% with electricity from hydro and fossil fueled thermal power plants. Only about 15% of the population has access to electricity, and in rural areas, it's less than 5%. The demand for firewood for cooking exceeds natural reproduction, leading to deforestation. Despite the quickly rising electricity demand, generation capacities have shrunk due to aging plants. Further electricity transmission is inefficient and the country suffers from a lack of power import channels. This leads to regular power outages and load shedding with significant economic, health and wellbeing ramifications.

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