According to Dennis Rukundo, a solar PV Expert at the Makerere University Centre for Research and Energy Conservation (CREEC), the solar power grid tie system will solve the problem of darkness during outages.
Hajarah Nambaziira a resident of Nambeere village says that when women visit the facility, they are asked money for gloves, mama kits on top of high transport to the facility among others which they can’t afford.
The plant with a capacity of 10 MWp, consists of 32,240 photovoltaic panels distributed over a 14-hectare site. The facility is designed to generate around 16-gigawatt hours GWh of energy annually, catering to the energy needs of more than 35,838 people in the area.
The government plans to increase hydropower generation from the current 825 Megawatts to 2500 Megawatts in the next two years or 2020. Two flagship large hydropower projects are under construction. Karuma is expected to produce 600 MW while Isimba will have 180 MW of power generated.
Uganda is expected to have 100 electricity mini grid sites constructed in areas that cannot have access to the main electricity power grids. The 400 mini grid stations will be funded under former US President Barrack Obamas Power Africa Initiative will have over 140,000 new electricity connections to areas currently not connected to electricity.
Countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean say they are finding difficulties implementing the recommendations of the Paris Climate Change Agreement in 2015 without financial support from the developed world.
A new IEA report World Energy Investment 2016 shows the electricity sector leading a broad reorientation of energy investment but warns more is needed to meet climate targets and address energy security concerns.
The motor cycle is one of the latest innovations by the Chevy Volt, the manufacturer of electric cars. It is already being piloted in India with the manufactures saying the battery life is about forty five years.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed in a new report that biomass, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind are all competitive with or cheaper than coal, oil and gas-fired power stations.
In many parts of Uganda, particularly Karamoja and parts of South Western Uganda, Pregnant women have arrived at the hospital with severe complications, but could not be attended to without proper lighting. In some cases, midwives have used candles, kerosene lanterns and cellphones to lighten Labour wards and clinics, a practice which is far from ideal when dealing with issues of life and death.
Police is concerned that many people resorting to use of solar energy are not aware of how dangerous it can be. The concern was expressed through the Directorate of Fire Prevention and Rescue Services in the Uganda Police Force.
Under the arrangement, University lecturers and students will be financially supported to participate in high level exchange programs in European Union countries in order to produce Africa\'s new generation of quality renewable energy engineers and technicians.